Boil Alert Lifted, Tap Water is Safe to Drink | 101 KXL

Boil Alert Lifted, Tap Water is Safe to Drink

Written by FM News 101 KXL on May 24, 2014

Mount Tabor Reservoir

PORTLAND — Tap water is once again safe to drink across the Portland area. Boiling is no longer required prior to consumption. Portland Water Bureau says the likely cause of the largest boil order in Portland history was animal waste.

The Portland Water Bureau does recommend letting water run for two minutes prior to drinking it again for the first time. This will flush any potential contamination from the plumbing.

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PORTLAND — The water bureau has issued a citywide order to boil all water before using it in any way because of three different cases of bacteria. The Water Bureau Director believes they will get the all clear some time tomorrow.

The advisory affects about 670,000 customers in the city.  Neighboring communities that get their water from Portland are also impacted.

Samples this week from two reservoirs at Mount Tabor and a water sampling station near the Willamette River were positive for coliform and E.coli.  Both reservoirs have been taken offline.

“While we believe that the potential health risk is relatively small, we take any contamination seriously and are taking every precaution to protect public health,” said Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff.

The city has a guide for customers on how to deal with it.

“The chance of any health problems related to this water test result is low.  If any problems occur, we would expect diarrhea,” said Interim Tri-County Health Officer Dr. Paul Lewis.

In addition to Portland, the Burlington Water District, City of Gresham (north of I-84), Lake Grove Water District, Lorna Portland Water, Palatine Hill Water District, Rockwood Water District, Tigard Water Service Area (including Durham, King City and Bull Mountain), Valley View Water District, West Slope Water District are also advised to act accordingly.

Map of the affected areas

Map of the affected areas (click to enlarge)

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1 reply to “Boil Alert Lifted, Tap Water is Safe to Drink

  1. David Wrench

    In what ways was the case for the action stronger after the election, when it was taken, than before the election, when it was not taken?


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