Residents of a Riverside County neighborhood near Indio are being warned to avoid drinking tap water because it’s tainted with high levels of a chemical used in rocket fuel and fireworks.
The ban on drinking tap water in the Mojave Desert town of Barstow has been lifted, four days after tests showed the water was tainted with a chemical used in rocket fuel.
Officials have lifted restrictions on drinking water for about half the residents in Barstow, where excessive levels of a chemical found in rocket fuel contaminated the water supply three days ago.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency in Barstow, where excessive levels of a chemical found in rocket fuel has left the water supply contaminated.