The water in the Jackson Oaks and Holiday Lake neighborhoods is safe, as a series of lab tests taken as a precaution after last week’s system malfunction allowed the city to lift a “boil water” notice that was in place for about 48 hours, city staff said.
About 500 homes in the area were without water after a pipe connecting to a booster station off East Dunne Avenue failed Wednesday, according to city staff.
Repairs were made and the system was fully functional by Thursday afternoon, but some of the water already in the system might have “backflowed” into the water supply. Just to be safe, on the advice of the Department of Public Health the city on Thursday afternoon asked the affected residents to boil their tap water before drinking it or cooking with it, or using bottled water instead, Morgan Hill utilities system manager Mario Iglesias.
Results from a series of tests taken over about a 48-hour period showed the water is safe to drink and cook with as of Saturday afternoon, and residents no longer have to boil the water, Iglesias said.
The results are posted on the city’s website, at www.morgan-hill.ca.gov.
City staff do not know exactly why the 12-inch pipe leading out of the booster pump to the 500 affected homes blew.