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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

May 23, 2014 at 11:28 AM

E. coli detected; Portlanders told to boil water

UPDATE, 12:23 p.m.:  Oregon Health Authority officials say the contamination in the water was either human or animal fecal matter, according to OregonLive.com. If you’re headed to Portland for the holiday weekend, The Oregonian is following the story.

UPDATE, 11:56 a.m.: The boil notice applies to 670,000 customers, according to officials. Portland supplies drinking water to 935,000 customers in the metro region, according to a story from OregonLive.com.

City officials are hosting an emergency news conference at noon.

“While we believe at this time that the potential health risk is relatively small, we take any contamination seriously and are taking every precaution to protect public health,” said Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff in a news release.

ORIGINAL POST: PORTLAND — Portland officials issued a citywide boil notice after state health officials detected E. coli in the water supply.

The Portland Water Bureau said residents should boil for at least one minute all tap water used for drinking, food preparation, tooth brushing and ice.

Ice or any beverages prepared with unboiled tap water on or after Tuesday should be dumped.

The water samples that tested positive for bacteria were collected from two reservoirs at Mount Tabor.

Tri-County Health Officer Dr. Paul Lewis says the E. coli is unlikely to cause any health problems, except for maybe diarrhea.

The Water Bureau is investigating the cause of the contamination.

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