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Santa Margarita Water System Vandalized
Monday morning, November 7, 2022, the San Luis Obispo County Service Area 23 – Santa Margarita water system operator discovered a break-in at the Santa Margarita water storage facility.
The storage facility fence was vandalized and the lock accessing one of the water storage tanks was cut providing access to the drinking water supply. Because it is unknown whether perpetrators tampered with the water, as a precautionary measure, the tank was taken out of service and is being drained. It held about 100,000 gallons at the time of the incident.
There is a second water tank at the site, so water service to Santa Margarita residents will not be disrupted.
The State Water Resources Control Board, San Luis Obispo County Health Department, and the Sheriff’s Department were notified of the incident. The County of San Luis Obispo Public Works Department is asking residents of Santa Margarita to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 805-781-4550 if they have any information regarding this incident.
What should I do?
No action is necessary. The water is being tested and drained from the tank. The tank will be placed back into service as soon as deemed safe. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the County Sheriff’s Department at 805-781-4550.
For more information call:
County of San Luis Obispo contact: Kyle James, 805-781-5239
State Water Resources Control Board: 805-566-1326
Local County Health Department: 805-781-5553