Gorman water may get OK as early as today

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2E. coli poses a particular risk to young children and seniors as well as those whose health is compromised by illness. Symptoms of E. coli ingestion include diarrhea, cramps, nausea and headaches. A cause for the contamination might never be found, said Los Angeles County Environmental Health spokesman Richard Wagener. “Sometimes it’s not so obvious,” he said. “They are flushing the well, disinfecting the system and super-chlorinating the water to take care of the problem. We’re taking tests from the furthest end of the distribution system and several in between, trying to get a composite view.” Officials were waiting Monday for results of a test taken Sunday night. On Monday morning, yellow hazard tape was stretched across the Gorman McDonald’s driveway, a closed sign was posted on the Sizzler restaurant door and the only patrons at Carl’s Jr. were using the restrooms. GORMAN – Restaurants and residents of the tiny town of Gorman might have drinkable water as early as today if the latest test comes up clear of the E. coli bacteria that was found last week. The bacteria discovery in pipes of the Golden Valley Municipal Water District – which supplies 10 businesses and 10 homes – brought food service to a halt in the town, which is a popular stopover spot for Interstate 5 travelers looking for a bite to eat or to fill up on gas. “There’s nothing to eat; everything’s closed. I’ll just have to keep going north,” lamented Isabelle Prescott, a Costa Mesa resident who stopped Monday morning for gas en route to San Francisco for a coastal camping trip. No illnesses have been reported due to the contamination, which was discovered Wednesday, according to Maria Iacobo, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Travelers who found the restaurants closed were going to convenience stores to buy bottled water and packaged foods. Gorman Market and Liquor manager Nabil Azar said the restaurants’ closure has sent travelers to his store. He’s already made a call to a Coca Cola distributor to restock his bottled water supplies. His store had to stop selling coffee because of the water problem. “We’ve been busy because people want to buy food, so they come here instead of the restaurants,” he said. “I wish everybody could be open, but it’s good for us.” Urb Schreiner, attorney for the water district, said this was the first contamination of the distribution system since it began service in 1970. The district obtains water from wells. “Gorman water is about as good as it gets,” he said. [email protected] (661) 257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more