DOS PALOS — A problem with the filtration system at the Dos Palos water treatment plant left city residents with a limited supply for a second day Sunday.
Residents were instructed to boil tap water or drink bottled water. Restaurants were told not to wash dishes and only to sell food that didn't need to be prepared with water.
"It's really bad," said Annie Heng, manager of Dos Palos Donuts, which sells doughnuts and sandwiches. "The health department came and said we should probably shut down and we're not allowed to prepare food."
Later Sunday, Heng said the business trucked in well water that was not affected, which allowed the shop to resume some food preparation.
The treatment plant developed a problem Saturday night and underwent repairs starting about 7 p.m., said Police Chief Barry Mann. The water tanks were refilled overnight and service was restored by 4 a.m. Sunday, Mann said.
But by late Sunday morning, the tanks had run low again. The filter wasn't working fast enough to keep up with demand, Mann said.
Residents were told of the situation, which is expected to continue for several days, through the emergency notification center. Dos Palos has about 5,000 residents.
The City Council chambers were opened Sunday as a cooling and hydration center, where bottled water was distributed.
Mikalinos Pizza & Pasta bought 20 cases of water Saturday night to prepare the restaurant to open Sunday, said the manager, who would identify himself only as Ernie S.
"We've got very little running water," he said. "We can't get our fountain drinks. No pastas."
No running water in the bathrooms meant the sit-down restaurant could operate only as a take-out place Sunday.
But the day wasn't a complete loss for the business.
"It's been great because people can't cook at home," he said. "It seems to be helping our business other than not being able to do pastas."