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Drink up, Portland: boil water order lifted; tap water is safe

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Health officials lifted a citywide boil water order Saturday morning, telling Portlanders it's safe to drink tap water once again.

The water bureau recommends flushing all taps for two minutes or until the water runs cold before consuming for the first time. This will flush any potentially contaminated water from the plumbing, officials said.

The 24-hour boil water notice ended at 11 a.m. when follow-up testing of drinking water showed no signs of bacterial contamination. From here on out, it's business as usual for everyone in Portland, and all water bureau customers can drink tap water without boiling it first.

The water samples that tested positive for bacteria were collected earlier this week at Mt. Tabor Reservoirs 1 and 5, as well as the Southeast 2nd Avenue and Salmon Street water sampling station. Those reservoirs were taken offline after the positive tests.

As a precaution, the Portland Water Bureau will be draining and cleaning Reservoirs 1 and 5. An investigation into determining the source of contamination is ongoing. The reservoirs will be put back into service once it is determined to be safe to do so. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What should I do now?

Customers should flush all taps for two minutes or until the water runs cold before consuming for the first time. This will flush any potentially contaminated water from the plumbing. 

What should I do with ice, food or beverages made during the boil water notice?

All ice and beverages made with non boiled water on or after May 20 should be discarded. Any food made with water on or after May 20 that is not thoroughly cooked above 165 degrees should also be discarded. Food that is cooked (boiled, grilled or baked) at a temperature above 165 degrees is safe to consume.

Should I replace my home water filter?

This incident should not have impacted your water filter. Filters should be changed according to the regular schedule recommended by the manufacturer. It is a general health precaution to regularly change filters as old filters can diminish water quality.

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