CLINTON - The water east of 2000 West is safe to drink, but the rest of the city needs to wait a little longer.
Clinton City officials report that the water supply no longer tests positive for E. coli. However, the extra chlorine they put through the system as part of the cleaning process is still making its way through, resulting in higher levels of chlorine than normal. The area west of 2000 West is still under the water warning, which is expected to be lifted by later tonight or early tomorrow morning.
According to Bob Ballew, risk communication coordinator for the Davis County Health Department, the city's water supply tested positive for E. coli the afternoon of Aug. 6
"We've been told there was a cross connection between the city's culinary and secondary water," he said. He added that the problem was fixed immediately.
While the flushing continues, the health department recommended the following precautionary measures:
- 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:
Regarding brushing teeth, washing hands before food preparation, and for food preparation, Ballew said that 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 is declared safe health officials recommended:
- 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.