A bizarre mixup left the small North County community of Shandon without its main water source for the weekend.
Paavo Ogren, San Luis Obispo County public works director, said an out-of-area well-drilling company accidentally removed the community’s main well pump Friday, thinking it was a different pump. He declined to name the company.
Once the mistake was discovered, the company was cooperative and the well pump was reinstalled.
However, reinstalling the pump, disinfecting it and doing the necessary water quality tests meant the county had to use a backup well for the weekend.
The main well was back on line Monday. Ogren said this is the first time he has ever heard of this kind of a mistake happening.
The county used its automated “reverse 911” phone system to notify Shandon residents of the situation and ask them to conserve water.
The main concern was that, without the main water source, there might be a water shortage in the event of a fire, Ogren said.
The county Sheriff’s Department investigated, and the incident is not considered a crime, said Rob Bryn, sheriff’s spokesman.