Boil Your Water Before Drinking or Food Preparation to Avoid Illness

What To Do When A Boil Water Advisory Is Sent Out(Adobe PDF)

Due to the extreme weather, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Works – Special Districts, Water and Sanitation Division (Division) is experiencing water main pipeline breaks along with power outages to key pumping facilities in your area today, Saturday, February 25, 2023. The State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, the San Bernardino County Public Health Department, and the Division, as a precautionary measure, are advising residents who are experiencing an outage of water in CSA 70 J to only use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution to avoid stomach or intestinal illness.

The Division will inform you when water tests show that the water is safe to drink and you no longer need to boil your water. If you have questions about other uses of tap water, such as bathing and dish-washing, please call the Division or read this guidance:

Optional: Bottled water is available upon request by calling (760) 955-9885 and selecting option one to be connected to the 24 hour answering service.

Do not drink the water without boiling it first
• Boil all water for one (1) minute (rolling boil).

• Let water cool before drinking.

• Use boiled or bottled water for drinking, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice.

• Boiling water kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

If you are unable to boil your water:
Household unscented liquid bleach

• For clear water, use 8 drops (1/8 tsp.) of bleach for 1 gallon of water. For cloudy water, filter through a clean cloth and use 16 drops (1/4 tsp.) of bleach for 1 gallon of water.

• Mix well. Allow to stand for 30 minutes before using.

• Water may taste or smell like chlorine. This means disinfection has occurred. Water disinfection tablets

• Please follow the manufacturer’s instructions

If you are concerned about your health or the health of a family member, contact your health care provider or the San Bernardino County Public Health Department.

For more information, call:

Water Utility contact: Regina Onwuka, Regulatory Compliance Specialist, (760) 955-9885

State Water Resources Control Board District Office: (909) 383-4328

Local Environmental Health Jurisdiction: S.B. County Public Health Department (800) 442-2283

Please share or post this information(adobe PDF) with others who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail