Life is returning to normal for residents of Carmel Valley after nearly four days under a boil-water order. The state lifted the order this morning, March 25, notifying residents that their tap water was once again safe to drink.

The boil-water order created concerns and some confusion in the community. Some wondered whether or not water could be used for showers, laundry, or dishwashing. Residents rushed to grocery stores and purchased bottled water in bulk.

“I think that people understood what was happening but were looking for more detailed information and perhaps someone to respond to clarify issues,” said Ken Farinsky, who runs a neighborhood website for Carmel Valley residents (

Farinsky said that the reverse-911 system worked well to notify residents about the boil-water order; however, many residents had unanswered questions.

“I think the City should look into some web technology that would allow them to easily provide quick updates,” said Farinsky, who envisions a blog type of format for updating the public.

During the boil-water order, the Carmel Valley Rec Center remained open, but a number of precautions were taken. Trash bags were used to cover all drinking fountains and sinks, and antibacterial hand gel was provided.

“The Carmel Valley Community Pool did remain open, although they did put bags over the drinking fountains,” said a city employee, who added that most city pools are closed systems and therefore are not affected by boil-water orders.


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