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Boil water notice issued for all Milwaukie water customers

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The city of Milwaukie issued a boil water notice for all Milwaukie water customers after recent samples tested positive for E. coli and total coliform bacteria.

The city announced the boil water notice Thursday evening. By 11:45 a.m. Friday, the notice had been lifted after further testing showed no contamination in the water. 

The samples were taken at the start of Milwaukie's connection to Portland's water supply as a way to maintain pressure in Milwaukie's system during repairs to the elevated tank at Southeast 40th Avenue and Harvey Street.

The boil water notice does not currently affect Portland water customers.

Milwaukie workers shut down the connection to the outside water supply and began flushing the system as soon as the test results came in.

People in Milwaukie were advised not drink any tap water without boiling it first. Water should be boiled for at least one minute and cooled before using.

Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and all food preparation.

Ice or beverages prepared with un-boiled tap water on or after Nov. 9 should be discarded.

City workers are currently looking into the cause of the contamination.

E. coli can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms. It poses an increased health risk for infants, young children and people with compromised immune systems.

If you experience any of these symptoms, consider seeking medical advice from your health care provider.

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