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Barstow water now safe for virtually everyone

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed a state of emergency in San Bernardino County due to contamination of the water supply in Barstow on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010.

November 24, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Just in time for Thanksgiving, it's safe to drink the tap water in Barstow for virtually everyone.The California Department of Health has given the all clear for all Barstow customers of Golden State Water Company to resume drinking the tap water.

One facility, a veterans home, still can't drink from the tap.

Bottled water has been the order of the day since tests found dangerously high levels of perchlorate, which is used in rocket fuel and explosives, last week.

Water customers are advised to run their taps, both hot and cold, for at least five minutes before drinking. They should also toss any juice or ice cubes made from last week's water.