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Is Your Local San Diego County Beach Water Unsafe?

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The California drought has taught us many things. 1) We need to use less water in our homes 2) More natural disasters occur when our land is too dry 3) Less rainfall is good for our oceans? Yes, this is true. Rainfall has actually polluted the waters along the San Diego coast in the past due to the large amount of toxins that the water picks up along the way. So, less rainfall=less polluted waters.


According to the environmental group Heal The Bay, which assesses water quality for Southern California beaches and assigns them grades, 96% of the area’s 72 beaches are pretty healthy. That means that out of an A-F grade, they received either an A or a B. Their health ratings have increased 2% in the past 5 years, partially due to a program that plants water cleansing plants in creeks to filter water going to the ocean.

The areas that were rated among the cleanest in San Diego County included San Elijo State Beach and Cardiff State Beach in Encinitas, Ocean Beach Pier, Point Loma Lighthouse and Silver Strand in Coronado.

However, the areas that proved to have the worst water quality were Cottonwood Creek Outlet at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, Seascape Surf Beach Park in Solana Beach, San Diego River Dog Beach in Ocean Beach, the pier and Cortez Avenue at Imperial Beach, the mouth of the Tijuana River, and beaches at Border Field State Park.

Sarah Sikich, who is vice president of Heal the Bay, says, “In a time of severe drought, it’s madness to send billions of gallons of runoff to pollute the sea when we could be capturing and cleansing that water for daily use. The rains will return, and when they do we need to capture this valuable resource to maximize our local water supplies and keep polluted water out of our ocean.”

We need to do so much more to help our environment and prevent runoff from polluting our oceans. To check out more about how you can help, visit healthebay.org. Also check out Filtercon Technologies for our water filtering products to make sure that you aren’t drinking dirty city water (www.filtercon.com).

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Moonlight: Swami’s Beaches Score Low on Water Health. Encinitas Patch. June 18th, 2015. http://patch.com/california/encinitas/moonlight-swamis-beaches-score-low-water-health-0

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BOIL ORDER PUTS STRAIN ON HOSPITAL

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Many people who called the Escondido hospital were seeking advice on whether to use tap water — but not necessarily for themselves, said Dr. Jerry Kolins, the hospital’s chief medical quality officer.

Some asked about watering their tomatoes. Others wondered if their pets would be safe lapping up water that was not considered safe for humans. Suddenly, Palomar’s emergency-department staff was expected to be an authority not just on people but on all manner of flora and fauna.

“I knew that the hospital was positioned in the eyes of many as a place to get information on all health-related matters, but I didn’t know that expectation went beyond human health,” Kolins said with a chuckle.

The Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District declared the boil-water order on Aug. 15, after detecting fecal coliform bacteria in part of its system. The order lasted through the weekend; tap water could not be used unless first boiled to erase any possibility of bacterial contamination.

It forced the hospital to quickly rethink its approach to serving patients and staff.

Rather than having orderlies running around the hospital’s nine stories with pots of boiling water, Palomar’s administrators decided to temporarily set aside everything linked to tap water. That meant every ice machine, every coffee maker, every dish, every cup, every utensil in the facility.

Palomar’s food staff switched to paper cups and plates and disposable utensils. Bottled water replaced filtered tap water, and instant coffee stood in for brewed beans.

All in all, patients took to the sudden changes without much complaining, said Valerie Martinez, the hospital’s director of infection control.

“I think the biggest complaint was coffee. We did have instant coffee, but I guess it just wasn’t the same,” Martinez said.

Ice was a larger challenge, she remembered. With no way to know for sure whether the hospital’s many ice machines were contaminated, ice runs became a necessity.

“We had to make sure it came from a source that was outside the water district,” Martinez said.

There were 200 patients, on average, in hospital rooms over that boil-water weekend and several hundred more people when Palomar employees and visitors were included.

Unlike food service, the hospital’s surgical department was able to keep working throughout the weekend. Martinez explained that the autoclaves used to sterilize surgical equipment are so powerful that there is no concern of contaminated water causing an infection.

The boil-water order ended on the night of Aug. 17, but that did not mean everything immediately went back to business as usual.

All appliances that use water had to be cleaned and sanitized according to manufacturers’ directions, a process that took a day and a half to complete. While there was still plenty of cleaning work left to do, the food services department resumed serving lunch with flatware by lunchtime Monday.

In the end, Kolins said having the hospital’s water supply suddenly stopped up was a learning experience that he didn’t expect.

“This is something we didn’t prepare for in medical school,” Kolins said.

Article by Paul Sisson of the Union Tribune
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Thousands told to boil water in Escondido

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6,300 customers in the Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District warned to Boil their water

By J. Harry Jones of the Union Tribune

— Thousands of people in the Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District in northern Escondido are being told not to drink their tap water without boiling it first, after random testing showed the presence of coliform bacteria, water district officials said.

The notice affects 6,300 of the district’s 7,800 customers who live in the northern part of the city and in the area around Auto Park Way, which includes many businesses, said water district spokeswoman Julia Scamilla.

The order will likely be in effect until Sunday or even longer, she said.

Coliform bacteria is naturally present in the environment, but its presence is also used as an indicator that other, potentially harmful, bacteria may be present. Pending further testing, the district is advising customers to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking as a safety precaution.

The district has two sources of water that is delivered to customers according to specific geographic boundaries. The boil-water notice is specific to Rincon customers with account numbers starting with: 01 through 48, 94, 96, and 97.

The district said water needed for cooking or drinking should be boiled for five minutes, and then cooled before using. Customers could also use bottled water instead.

Failure to follow the advisory could result in stomach or intestinal illness, the district said.

For updates visit www.rinconwater.org and click on Breaking News.

Random testing conducted Tuesday led to the discovery of the bacteria, Scamilla said.

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References:http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/aug/15/water-bacteria-boil-escondido-rincon/

What is Coliform Bacteria?

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What is Coliform Bacteria?

Coliform bacteria are present in the environment and feces of all warm-blooded animals and humans. Coliform bacteria are unlikely to cause illness. However, their presence in drinking water indicates that disease-causing organisms (pathogens) could be in the water system. Most pathogens that can contaminate water supplies come from the feces of humans or animals. Testing drinking water for all possible pathogens is complex, time-consuming, and expensive. It is easy and inexpensive to test for coliform bacteria. If testing detects coliform bacteria in a water sample,water systems search for the source of contamination and restore safe drinking water.

What are the different types of coliform bacteria?

There are three groups of coliform bacteria. Each is an indicator of drinking water quality

and each has a different level of risk. Total coliform is a large collection of different kinds of bacteria. Fecal coliform are types of total coliform that exist in feces. E. coli is a subgroup of fecal coliform. Labs test drinking water samples for total coliform. If total coliform is present, the lab also tests the sample for fecal coliform or E. coli, depending on the lab testing method.

 

Total coliform bacteria are common in the environment (soil or vegetation) and are generally harmless. If a lab detects only total coliform bacteria in drinking water, the source is probably environmental and fecal contamination is unlikely. However, if environmental contamination can enter the system, pathogens could get in too. It is important to find and resolve the source of the contamination.

Fecal coliform bacteria are a subgroup of total coliform bacteria. They exist in the intestines and feces of people and animals. The presence of fecal coliform in a drinking water sample often indicates recent fecal contamination. That means there is a greater risk that pathogens are present.

E. Coli is a subgroup of the fecal coliform group. Most E. coli bacteria are harmless and exist in the intestines of people and warm-blooded animals. However, some strains can cause illness. The presence of E. coli in a drinking water sample usually indicates recent fecal contamination. That means there is a greater risk that pathogens are present.

What if coliform bacteria are found in my water?

When coliform bacteria are found, water systems investigate to find out how the contamination got into the water. They collect additional water samples and often inspect the entire system. Collecting additional samples helps determine whether an actual problem exists. If the lab detects bacteria in any of the additional samples, the initial findings are “confirmed.”

What if total coliform bacteria are confirmed in my water?

If a lab confirms total coliform bacteria in your drinking water, your water system will investigate to find out how the contamination got into the water. After identifying the source of contamination, the system can usually resolve the problem with system repairs, flushing, and adding chlorine for a short period.

What if fecal coliform bacteria or E. coli are confirmed in my water?

Confirmation of fecal coliform bacteria or E. coli in a water system indicates recent fecal contamination, which may pose an immediate health risk to anyone who consumes the water. The water system will issue a “health advisory” within 24 hours to alert all water users of a health risk associated with the water supply. The advisory usually recommends using boiled or bottled water for drinking, preparing food, and brushing teeth. It also outlines the steps underway to correct the problem and explains when the system expects to resolve the problem. The health advisory will remain in effect until the situation is resolved and the water is safe to drink.

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Article by the Department of Health Washington State
Original Link: http://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/331-181.pdf