Water customers in West Linn are not affected by the boil-water alert issued Friday by Portland, according to Assistant City Manager Kristen Wyatt.

“West Linn water is safe to drink,” she said via email.

Portland issued the boil water alert for all water in that city, including water sold to suburban customers outside the city limits. The alert was ordered by the State of Oregon Health Authority's Drinking Water Program after water samples taken at three locations test positive over three-day period for total coliform and E. coli bacteria. The alert comes at the start of the Portland Rose Festival and Memorial Day Weekend, a time when many people will be traveling into the region.

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.

All Portland Water Bureau customers are affected. Also affected are customers of the following water providers:

• 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

"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," said Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff.

A map of the affected areas can be found here.

Fact sheets and additional information can be found on the Water Bureau's website or by calling Customer Service at 503-823-7770.

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