E-coli found in Syracuse water; boil notice in place

Friday , June 05, 2015 - 10:17 PM

Standard-Examiner staff

SYRACUSE -- A positive test for water contamination of E-coli and Chloroform was discovered Friday in Syracuse.

According to a public announcement from the city manager Brody Bovero, the sample was taken in the area of 700 South and 2500 West.

“The City’s Public Works Department worked diligently throughout the afternoon and evening to investigate, discover, and isolate the source of contamination,” Bovero said.

Due to the possibility of residual contamination throughout the system, the City is issued a water advisory or “Boil Notice” for the entire city until further notice.

In conjunction with the Davis County Health Department, the city is provided instructions that outline the steps residents will need to take through the weekend to ensure proper safety.

Here are some precautionary measures that should be taken:

• Use boiled or bottled water.

• If planning to boil your water, bring it to a rapid boil for 1 minute.

• Throw out ice cubes from refrigerators

• Boiled water or bottled water should be used for:

     • 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:

     • 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.

     • 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.

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

Although there is no longer a cross connection, the city has scheduled contractors to permanently remedy the lines where the cross connection occurred. That work is expected to be completed by the early part of next week. Once the water has been determined to be safe, the city will issue another notice for residents to flush their home water systems as indicated in the attached instructions from the Health Department.

Again, this will likely occur the early part of next week.

We encourage residents to notify neighbors of the advisory.

The city has set up an after hours hotline at 801-643-5775 for any questions. During normal business hours (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), the city may be contacted at 801-825-7253.

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