The state Department of Health has warned homeowners who get their water from Pasadena Park Water District 17 in Spokane Valley to boil their water after E. coli was detected in the water system.
The district serves about 2,300 homes and businesses in an area about two miles east and west of Argonne Road north of the Spokane River and south of Stoneman Road. Any water used for drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, making ice or washing dishes should be boiled, according to a news release from the health department.
The water district is currently running large amounts of chlorine through the water system. Residents should run their taps for 15 minutes to help the chlorinated water move through the system. Because of the bleaching effects of heavy chlorination, residents should also use caution when running a clothes washer.
Water district manager Bruce Davidson said in the Department of Health release that the health and safety of the district’s customers is the first priority. “We are doing all we can to find out what happened and take action as needed,” he said.
The boil order is expected to last through the weekend and will be lifted once no more E. coli is detected. Once the water is safe to drink, residents should again run their faucets to flush out the excess chlorine.
Anyone with questions can contact the water district at (509) 926-5535 or the Department of Health at (360) 236-3162.