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Boil water alert lifted for Gresham neighborhood

No bacteria was ever detected after pump failure

The city of Gresham on Sunday morning lifted a limited boil water notice for Gresham Water customers served by the Gabbert Hill Reservoir — about 130 homes near Gresham Butte on the city's south central side.

These residents can now drink tap water, and use it for consumption purposes, without boiling it first.

On Saturday, Oct. 18, the city issued a boil water notice to the neighborhood. The notice was issued because a pump at the site failed, causing homes to lose water pressure. A lack of pressure could allow contaminants into the system.

No other Gresham water customers were affected.

On Sunday morning, results from water quality tests confirmed an absence of bacteria. No actual contamination was detected during the weekend incident.

The boil water notice went out to the media, and was posted to the city's website and to social media. City staff members went door-to-door Saturday in the Gabbert Hill area to deliver notices and answer questions, and opened phone lines to take public calls. In addition, city emergency operations personnel sent alerts to affected residents by phone or text.

By 9 a.m. Saturday, the city had fixed the pump and restored water to the Gabbert Hill area.

For more information, see GreshamOregon.gov/boilwaternotice or call 503-618-2626.

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