Boil advisory to remain in effect for Elk Ridge City

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ELK RIDGE CITY, Utah, June 12, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A boil advisory for Elk Ridge City will remain in place at least until Friday, officials said Wednesday.

A Facebook post from the city said that at approximately 9 p.m. June 6 there was a break in the main water line. Due to this break rocks and dirt entered the pipeline. The city then tested the water for contamination.

“Until samples can confirm the status of the water quality you are advised to boil the water before using,” the post said. “This is just an advisory, not an order. A boil order is when there are confirmed results for E.coli in the system.”

A followup post Wednesday said water test results are back and have been reported to the state.

“Fortunately there is no E.coli present but three of nine samples tested positive for coliform,” the post said. “The state requires two consecutive tests with no coliform present and we are actively working to flush our system to meet this requirement. As a precaution, the boil advisory will not be lifted at this time. We thank you for your understanding and patience in this matter.”

The next update will be on Friday, June 14, the post said.

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The city offered these tips:

  • Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. 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.
  • People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.

“We will inform you when tests confirm that is no bacteria and you are no longer advised to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem as soon as possible,” the post said.

For more information, please contact the Elk Ridge City office at 801-423-2300. 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.

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