March 26, 2010 in City

Drinking water advisory issued in Republic

From Staff Reports

The city of Republic, Wash., is advising residents to boil their drinking water because routine testing this week detected E. coli in the water, according to a news release. The city’s water system serves about 1,400 people.

The state Department of Health’s Office of Drinking Water is working closely with the city to find the source of contamination and to fix the problem. The city experienced a similar problem about a year ago.

The Department of Health advises Republic residents to use boiled water or purchased bottled water for drinking, brushing teeth, dishwashing, preparing food and making ice. Water should be boiled briskly for 1 minute.

The health advisory will remain in effect until the city and the Department of Health are confident there is no longer a threat. It’s likely to remain in effect at least until early next week.

Questions can be directed to the city at (509) 775-3216.

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