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Pleasant Grove issues boil order after detecting E. Coli in water

Aug 25, 2021, 5:46 PM | Updated: 6:46 pm

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PLEASANT GROVE CITY, Utah — City of Pleasant Grove officials have issued a boil water order for businesses and homes located in the Battle Creek Service Area of the city.

The boil order was necessitated after one of three water samples from the Battle Creek zone tested positive for E. Coli bacteria.

In a statement, the city said the testing was initiated after one residence in the same area tested positive for coliform bacteria during a routine monthly testing process of culinary water conducted by the city.

The City said it has taken the following steps as a result of this positive test:

  1. Notified the State of Utah Dept. of Drinking Water and have been coordinating with them on their response and further testing.
  2. Completed a Drinking Water Level 1 assessment of the system.
  3. Chlorinated and flushed the water system in the affected area.
  4. Performed additional testing.
  5. Issued a Boil Order for businesses and homes located within the Battle Creek Service Area.
  6. Will perform additional testing in the area to determine when the system will be cleared for consumption.

The cause of the positive test has not been determined. The city said it will continue to take remedial action and conduct continued laboratory testing to monitor the system until the issue is resolved.

By boiling water, residents can ensure the water does not contain organisms that can cause illness. To assure safety, bring the water to a rolling boil for at least one minute. Let it cool, and then refrigerate the water in clean containers.

It is also possible to disinfect your water by adding 1/8 teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water. Do not use bleach that contains dyes or other additives.

It is important to boil all water used for drinking, preparing food, beverages, ice cubes, washing fruits, and vegetables, or brushing teeth.

Infant formulas should be prepared using boiled tap water, at all times.

It is not necessary to boil tap water used for other household purposes, including showering, laundry, or bathing. However, only adults, teens, and older children should shower or bathe during a boil water order. Toddlers and infants should be sponge-bathed.

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Pleasant Grove issues boil order after detecting E. Coli in water