BARSTOW (AP) – Officials are lifting some drinking water restrictions in Barstow, where excessive levels of a chemical were found three days ago.

KCBS’ Bob Butler Reports:

Golden State Water Company spokesman John Dewey said regular service was restored Sunday for about 3,000 of the company’s nearly 9,000 business and residential connections.

They have been told they can drink water after running it for five minutes at every tap, and running hot water until it runs cold.

Dewey could not say how many people were affected. State officials said the original shutdown affected about 40,000.

On Thursday, water samples showed levels of perchlorate, a chemical found in rocket fuel, above the maximum level of six parts per billion.

Travelers between Southern California from Las Vegas have been frustrated by closed restrooms and restaurants.

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