Tap water is safe to drink: Boil Water Notice Ends
As of 11:00 AM Saturday May 24, the Boil Water Notice issued on May 23 is lifted. Tap water is safe to drink for all customers of the Portland Water Bureau. And, customers of the Burlington, City of Gresham (North of I-84), Lake Grove, Lorna Water, Palatine Hill, Rockwood, Tigard Water Service Areas (includingDurham,King City and Bull Mountain), Valley View, and West Slope Water Districts may now drink tap water without boiling it first.
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The State of Oregon Health Authority’s Drinking Water Program has required the City of Portland to issue a Boil Water Notice for all Portland Water Bureau customers and some regional water providers.
Until further notice, all Portland Water Bureau customers and those in the affected areas should boil all tap water used for drinking, food preparation, tooth brushing and ice for at least one minute. Ice or any beverages prepared with un-boiled tap water on or after May 20 should be discarded. Detailed maps, fact sheets and additional information can be found on the Water Bureau’s website at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/boilwaternotice or by calling Customer Service at 503-823-7770.
In three separate incidents from May 20 to May 23, repeat water samples confirmed the presence of total coliform and E. coli in routine drinking water samples. The water samples that tested positive for bacteria were collected at the outlets of Mt. Tabor Reservoirs 1 and 5, and at the SE 2nd Avenue and Salmon Street water sampling station. Both reservoirs have been taken offline.
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