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Westside Drinking Water Declared Safe

Times Staff Writer

State health officials said Friday it was safe to drink tap water on the Westside, more than a day after imposing a boil-water advisory for residents and businesses.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power cautioned 25,000 customers to boil tap water after detecting a leak Wednesday afternoon in a main line of the Stone Canyon Reservoir.

“All the water is fine and meets all the necessary levels. There are no concerns and nothing was contaminated that we are aware of,” said DWP spokeswoman Kimberley Hughes.

The breakage in a water pipe occurred during a reservoir construction project, Hughes said.

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Even though officials have said it’s safe to drink tap water, some businesses continued to take precautions.

Stan’s Donuts stayed with the bottled kind. The Westwood shop used bottled water to make 250 dozen doughnuts Friday morning.

“We just want to play it safe just in case they [officials] come back and say, ‘We were a little anxious in what we said earlier,’ ” said owner Stan Berman.

Nearby, City Bean Coffee employees continued to make trips to a nearby drugstore to purchase ice for its machines, said store manager Austin Lee.

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“It’s a benefit,” Lee said. “We saw a lot of the same faces that we saw yesterday, and they all came back smiling and happy that they don’t have to worry.”

Service was disrupted for at least four hours Wednesday for residents from Westwood to Holmby Hills while DWP crews repaired the pipe.


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