After finding E. coli in a water sample, the Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District 1 issued a boil water advisory Wednesday.
The sewer and water district serves portions of Liberty Lake but is a separate governmental entity from the city.
The source of the contamination was not known as of Wednesday evening, so the water district was disinfecting the whole system and working to isolate the source, according to a press release.
“We are taking action to eliminate the bacteria from the water system. Safe and reliable drinking water is critical to good health. Responding to this kind of situation is our highest priority,” said BiJay Adams, general manager of the water district, in the statement.
The water district serves over 10,000 customers in the Liberty Lake area.
Illnesses related to the contamination have not been reported.
In consultation with the Washington State Department of Health, the water district advised using bottled water or boiled water for drinking, brushing teeth, washing dishes, food preparation and making ice.
Water should come to a rolling boil for a minute and then cool before being used, according to the water district statement.
The boil water advisory is in effect until further notice, but the water district hopes to the problem is “corrected” within a week.
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