Potential for bacteria in water

A city-wide boil notice that affected Portland and Lake Grove Water District has been lifted.

The alert from the city of Portland read, "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 presence of total coliform and E. coli was detected at drinking water samples collected at three separate locations: Mt. Tabor Reservoirs 1 and 5, as well as at the water sampling station at Southeast Second Avenue and Salmon Street.

Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff said that although health risks were minimal, they were taking every possible precaution to protect public health.

According to Interim Tri-County Health Officer Dr. Paul Lewis, "The chance of any health problems related to this water test result is low. If any problems occur, we would expect diarrhea."

For more information, call the Portland Water Bureau's customer service line at 503-823-7770.

Restaurant-owners and staff with questions about how the alert impacts them are encouraged to call the Multnomah County Health Department at 503-988-3663, ext. 24662.

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