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February 28, 2024

State board lifts San Juan’s water moratorium

The state water board lifted a moratorium against San Juan Bautista drinking water that had been in place for more than a year due to nitrate levels.

City Councilman John Freeman confirmed the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board lifted the moratorium, in place since late 2016. The moratorium required local businesses to avoid use of drinking water and sent a warning to the public about consuming the water with dangerously high nitrate levels.

Freeman confirmed the moratorium had been in place for 15 months.

“It’s very important,” Freeman said. “We’re not out of the woods yet. We’re under a second order that we have to have completely redundant supplies of clean water.”

Freeman said the city doesn’t have it yet but there are signs San Juan is close to reaching the milestone.

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