“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,” the city alert reads.
The Water Bureau said that all its costumers should be on alert due to a bacterium in the water. That alert includes the City of Portland, but also City of Gresham, Tigard, King City and other districts
• 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
This includes restaurants and coffee houses, and is in place until the order is lifted.
You can read all the details at KGW.
Christopher Wylie says
It is not right that the City sat on this knowledge. If this was done in the Private sector, someone’s job would be on the line.
Did they want their rate Hike to go unchallenged first. Simply amazes me.
PDX Food Dude says
You should read the timeline and the rules they have to follow. Might mitigate your concerns.
PDX water conesour says
I just want to know what the city’s plan of attack is for flushing out the bacterium? They just flushed millions of drinking water a little over a month ago because of a half a cup of pee. Are we about to flush millions more? Was is an animal contamination, or was there a loss of pressure in the system? There’s isn’t enough information given. If it’s a malfunction in the pressure system then it could be weeks before we have clean two water again. And how about months down the road when the food local farmers have been watering with contaminated water is ready for harvest? There will be trace levels of E.coli in the food! This is a pretty sticky situation and I would like for someone to come forth with some real information
PDX Food Dude says
There “isn’t enough information given”, because the city doesn’t know the answers to those questions yet.