Boil Water Order Issued for Julian-Area Campground


Last updated 4/25/2017 at 8:17am

A boil water order and public notification order was issued at the KQ Ranch campground near Julian this weekend by the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health, effective immediately.

The drinking water tested positive for E.Coli bacteria and the drinking water system tested positive for total coliform bacteria.

The water system serves the KQ Ranch campground made up of 211 campsites with RV hook-ups, cottage and cabin rentals, a club house, a restaurant, a swimming pool, the office, public restrooms with showers and a maintenance building.

"The presence of E.Coli bacteria indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes," a health department statement said. "Health effects can include diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms. E.Coli may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems."

Total coliform bacteria can come from soils and other sources in the environment and can indicate a problem with the water supply system, DEH said.

The boil water order was issued to ensure all water used is free from contamination and will remain in effect until laboratory analytical results confirm the absence of bacteria in the water supply, according to DEH.