(PORTLAND, Ore.) — Residents of Portland, Oregon are being told not to drink water straight out of the tap after water samples tested positive for E.Coli bacteria.
The entire city is now under a boil water notice.
“We’re painfully aware that we’re going into the Memorial, going into a holiday weekend, and that this is an inconvenience for people. We regret that, but we’re also guided by good science and regulations and we’re doing what we think is prudent and necessary to protect public health,” Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish said Friday
Fish said he hopes the situation resolves by Saturday.
“In a perfect world, tomorrow morning we’ll be able to announce to Portland that we can stand down… That would be wonderful, but until we’ve done further testing we can’t say that,” he said.
In three separate incidents from May 20 to May 23, total coliform and E. coli were detected in drinking water samples, the Portland Water Bureau said in a statement Friday.
“While we believe at this time that the potential health risk is relatively small, we take any contamination seriously and are taking every precaution to protect public health,” Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff said in the statement.
Affected customers are being advised to boil all tap water used for drinking, food, ice and tooth brushing for a least one minute.
“Ice or any beverages prepared with un-boiled tap water on or after May 20 should be discarded,” the Portland Water Bureau said.
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