PESCADERO (CBS / AP) — A broken well pump has cut off water to the coastal San Mateo County town of Pescadero, and officials say the pipes could stay dry for days.

The county-run water system broke down late Monday night.

Greg Bonaparte of the Pescadero Municipal Advisory Committee said the primary pump actually had been malfunctioning for a week but it went undetected because the alarm system had been disconnected.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

Bonaparte said repairs are underway, but water could remain off for about 100 homes and businesses in downtown until at least Thursday.

The county plans to deliver bottled water to residents.

But businesses, such as bed and breakfasts, are considering closing for the week because of the lack of working toilets. The First National Bank was closed Tuesday.

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