The Associated Press
PORTLAND — On Saturday, the city lifted a 24-hour boil-water order, the largest in the city’s history. The news was welcomed by an array of coffee shops, restaurants and bars that had to close or serve limited menus on Friday evening and Saturday morning.
Tests discovered the presence of the E. coli bacterium in the city water supply over a three-day period beginning Tuesday.
Water customers were told to boil all drinking water for a full minute, avoid getting water in their mouths during showers and throw out anything made with tap water during the previous week.
Two city reservoirs will be drained and cleaned. The city hasn’t yet identified the source of the contamination, and the water bureau advised customers to run all taps for two minutes to purge potentially contaminated water.
The boil order set off a rush on any water but tap water. Store shelves cleared of water jugs, bottled water and soda cans.
Officials said 670,000 people were affected by the boil-water notice, including some Portland suburbs.