On Saturday, city officials said that a few communities should continue to boil their water and that water test results for affected areas should be in by Sunday. (Scroll down the page for a complete list.)
Before the advisory can be lifted the city must go to the state to get the OK, said Arian Collins, a city water official.
Some public water systems lost pressure in the water distribution system, forcing the boil water orders to continue. The county has is its boil water updates on its official emergency website.
Certain communities in Julian, Lakeside and Descano are being ordered to boil water before drinking. Areas include 1000 Trails Oakzanita Springs, Alpine Oaks Estates, Butterfield Ranch, Calexico Lodge, El Monte County Park, H & J Water Company, Louis Stelzer County Park, Mt. Empire RV Park and Oak Knoll Village .
Officials are hoping the order can be lifted sooner than expected. City officials spent Friday testing 26 areas for contamination.
The locations are all higher elevation than city water pumps, said Collins.
After the power went out on Thursday in San Diego, city Mayor Jerry Sander held a media conference at 8 p.m., saying that as a precautionary measure prompted by problem with water pumps, city residents living in the communities of Otay Mesa, College, San Carlos, Flower Hill Mall, Scripps Ranch, La Jolla, Mount Soledad, Tierresanta and Scripps Ranch were under a mandatory boil-water order.
Water issues were also paramount at several communities that were located far from pumping stations. Residents of Fallbrook, Ramona, Valley Center, and Coronado were being urged to conserve water in whatever ways possible.
Complicating the problem for many residents was the fact that many stores closed their doors early, unable to ring up sales due to the power outage, leaving customers who wanted to buy water dry.
During a boil water advisory, water used for drinking, infant formulas, preparing juices and ice cubes, washing fruits and vegetables, cooking or dental hygiene has to be held at a rolling boil for at least 1 minute. Water can be boiled either in a pot or kettle on a stove, or an electric kettle without an automatic shutoff.
As of Sept. 9, the city reported boil water orders for the following communities:
These were issued by the city of San Diego, if you live outside the city limits check with your water provider. Anticipate the boil water order to stay in place until Saturday, unless a new advisory is issued.
Those looking for more information can call 619-515-3525 or check the city's website.