September 25, 2013 at 5:19 PM
Des Moines ‘boil-water’ advisory lifted
Folks in Des Moines can drink straight from the tap again.
The Washington State Department of Health has lifted an advisory for residents of Water District 54 to boil their water before drinking it, after lab tests showed the water now meets safe drinking-water standards, a spokesman confirmed.
Officials issued the warning Saturday, after tests found E. coli bacteria in the water. No source for the E. coli was identified, but the district has inspected and disinfected the system and flushed out its water supply, a release from the department of health said.
Public Health – Seattle & King County ordered 39 restaurants closed during the advisory, and an estimated 5,000 residents of Des Moines and Normandy Park were affected.
The release encouraged Des Moines-area customers with questions or concerns about their water quality to call the water district at 206-878-7210.
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