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San Diego lifts boil water notice for Tierrasanta neighborhood

Water in a sink inside a bathroom at Lake Poway, Dec. 2, 2019.
Matt Hoffman
Water in a sink inside a bathroom, Dec. 2, 2019.

The city of San Diego Monday lifted a boil water notice for about 600 residential customers in a portion of the Tierrasanta neighborhood who were affected by fluctuating water pressure issues following a burst pipeline last week.

Multiple tests showed no quality issues with water coming from the tap. The California Division of Drinking Water reviewed the findings and approved the lifting of the notice.

"We appreciate everyone's patience as our crews have been working around the clock to adjust water pressure in the area and repair a major water pipeline," said Lisa Celaya of the city's Public Utilities Department. "While the situation has been challenging for everyone involved, we're very pleased that water quality was not compromised."


The boil water notice was issued Aug. 8 as a precaution due to low water pressure in one part of Tierrasanta. The 42-inch diameter Elliott water transmission line broke the Saturday before near University City.

With a major water pipeline out of service and high summertime water use, there was fluctuating water pressure in several communities in the central part of the city. In response, San Diego provided bottled water and access to water wagons to customers under the boil water notice during the past week.

The affected area was largely around those streets adjacent to Mission Trails Regional Park. City staff anticipate the Elliott pipeline will be fully back in service early this week.

San Diego is in the planning stages for a new water pipeline to replace the Elliott pipeline but is still several years away from completion.

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