DRINKING WATER WARNING
Wednesday morning update
The boil water warning pertains only to the Magnolia, Skyline and Sequoia areas. An earlier news release was written to include the entire city.
Toledo water could be contaminated with potentially harmful bacteria
BOIL YOUR WATER BEFORE USING
Due to loss of water pressure in the distribution system on Monday, potentially harmful bacteria could be present in the water supply. These bacteria could make you sick, and are a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems.
DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one full 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 until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
Potentially harmful bacteria include Fecal coliforms and E. coli which are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, and people with severely compromised immune systems.
Those symptoms are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
What happened? What is being done?
Bacterial contamination can occur when increased run-off enters the drinking water source (for example,
following heavy rains). It can also happen due to a break in the distribution system (pipes) or a failure in the
water treatment process.
The line that failed on Monday has been repaired and flushed. Toledo City Hall will inform you when tests show no bacteria and you no longer need to boil your water. That could happen within 2 days.
For more information, please contact Linda hughes at 541-336-2610. 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 or the Oregon Department of Human Services, Drinking Water Program, at (971) 673-0405.