SSF: Don’t drink from tap, officials warn

Officials with the California Water Service are asking people this morning in the Sunshine Gardens area of South San Francisco to use bottled water while their water source is tested.

Colma police were called at 9:53 a.m. Friday to a water tank in the 2500 block of Hillside Boulevard where vandals had cut the lock to a vent on the tank and could have contaminated the water.

The first tests of the water have found it safe, but the results of more tests won’t be back until this afternoon, Cal Water director of operations Darin Duncan said. He said:

“We’re just trying to be ultra cautious.”

About 1000 locations and about 3,000 people are affected.

Those people are being asked to use bottled water. People who buy water can turn in their receipts to Cal Water to be reimbursed.

Duncan said free bottled water is available at 96 Chestnut Avenue in South San Francisco.

Cal Water officials will post the results of the additional water tests at www.calwater.com. The Cal Water customer center can be reached at (650) 558-7800.