Boil advisory issued for Mountain Green residents

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MOUNTAIN GREEN, Utah, April 2, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Cottonwood Mutual Water Company has issued a boil advisory for Mountain Green in Morgan County after water in one of its tanks was possibly compromised.

A news release from the water company said that sometime between Feb. 6 and April 1,  someone broke and removed the lock securing one of the lower storage tank access lids.

The breach was noticed on April 1 during a routine inspection of the company’s facilities.

“We have contacted the State Division of Drinking Water informing them of this breach,” the news release said. “They have advised us to issue this advisory while we await testing results from the water quality lab. It takes at least 24 hours to get results from the samples.”

The news release said the water company is issuing an advisory, not an order, as a boil order is issued only when there are confirmed results for E.coli in the system. There have not been any positive samples for coliform bacteria.

The news release said residents are being advised to boil all water before using.

“Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water,” the news release said. “Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.”

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People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care
providers.

Bottled water is available for pick up at the water office at 4000 W. Old Highway Road, Mountain Green.

Results will be available Tuesday, with confirmation results on Wednesday, officials said. Residents will be advised when tests show no bacteria.

Updates will be available online here. For more information, contact the water office at 801-876-3895 or 4000 West Old Highway Rd., Mountain Green. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426- 4791. The Utah Division of Drinking Water is available for consumer questions at 801-536-4986.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.

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