Arvin under order to boil water after broken pipeline

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Arvin residents are warned to use only bottled water or boiled tap water to avoid possible bacteria in the water system.

Arvin Community Service District water pipeline broke Thursday night, likely from a tree that toppled in high winds, the Kern County Department of Public Health Services said Friday.

A water outage impacted about 18,000 residents, and potential contamination occurred when the water system lost pressure, the health department said.

ACSD has repaired the pipeline and is working to restore pressure, but tests must be performed to rule out contamination.

Until heath officials alert the public that the water is safe, residents are asked to use bottled water or boil tap water for at least one minute for cooking and drinking. Bacteria in the public water system could cause stomach or intestinal illnesses, the health department said.

Food facilities have been ordered to close or only sell packaged foods until the public water is deemed safe.