E. coli found in Clinton water supply

Wednesday , August 06, 2014 - 7:32 PM

Standard-Examiner staff

CLINTON — The city has issued a water advisory after samples taken Wednesday tested positive for E.coli.

The suspected cause of the contamination was a result of a resident unknowingly cross-connecting a secondary (irrigation) water with the drinking water system, City Manager Dennis Cluff said in a prepared statement.

As a result, a water advisory has been issued to all Clinton City drinking water system users, Cluff said.

“Water samples taken on Aug. 6 (Wednesday) tested positive for E.coli, which is an indicator that the water may not be safe to drink,” Cluff said.

“Because the water quality is unknown, customers should assume the water is unsafe to drink and take the appropriate precautions such as using bottled water for drinking and discarding ice made with tap water,” Cluff said.

The suspected cause of the contamination has been disconnected and disinfection procedures have been started, Cluff said. But the safety of the water for drinking will not be known until test results come back Thursday afternoon, he said.

The Davis County Health Department issued some precautionary measures residents should take:

• Use boiled or bottled water.

• If planning to boil your water, bring it to a rapid boil for 5 minutes.

• Boiled water or bottled water should be used for:

o Brushing teeth, washing hands before food preparation, and for food preparation.

• Showering or bathing is permissible in un-boiled water if there are no open sores on the body and it doesn’t enter the mouth.

• After the water from the water provider is declared safe:

o Drain and flush all icemakers, water heaters, purifiers, water softeners, and reverse osmosis systems. Follow manufacturers’ recommendations when cleaning or replacing filters or screening devices.

o Let chlorinated cold water run through every faucet in your home or business for 20 minutes followed by two minutes of straight hot water. Replace filters.

o Throw out ice cubes or other water stored in refrigerators that have connections to culinary water sources.

Contact reporter Bryon Saxton at 801-625-4244 or bsaxton @standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @BryonSaxton.

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