Sunday, May 25, 2014

Portland Water Given a Clean Bill of Health

Posted By on Sun, May 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Nearly 700,000 residents of Portland, Ore., and its surrounding communities are free to turn on the tap again—their water has been given a clean bill of health.


Portland Water Bureau officials said Saturday that a follow-up test of the city’s drinking water showed it was clear of contamination with harmful bacteria—and residents would no longer have to boil it first.


The announcement came a day after officials said they found E. coli in previous water samples.


A number of Portland restaurants chose to shut down Friday and Saturday, saying they had to throw away food and produce that had been washed in potentially contaminated water.


Water bureau officials pointed to animal waste in an uncovered reservoir at Oregon's Mount Tabor as the source of the contamination.


"We may never know what kind of animal waste, but when we drain the reservoir we will look for obvious smoking guns like dead birds at the bottom," said Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff.


The Portland Water Bureau's website crashed during the alert from all the web traffic.



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