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It’s not that hard. You boil your water. And, it’s a great reminder to prepare in advance by stock-piling some water.
From the O:
The Portland Water Bureau issued a city-wide boil notice on Friday morning after water staffers detected E. coli in three separate tests during the past three days.
The Oregon Health Authority required the city-wide notice, which also applies to Portland’s whole-sale customers that also receive water from the Bull Run Watershed.
Routine inspections at two of the city’s Mt. Tabor reservoirs produced the three positive E. coli tests. City employees performed the tests, according to Jaymee Cuti, bureau spokesperson.
The boil notice applies to 670,000 customers, according to Cuti. Portland supplies drinking water to 935,000 customers in the metro region.
City officials are hosting an emergency press conference at noon.
“While we believe at this time that the potential health risk is relatively small, we take any contamination seriously and are taking every precaution to protect public health,” said Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff in the release.
The Oregonian will be there and this story will continue to be updated.
Cuti said the boil notice will be in effect until the city produces “a clean sample.” Cuti said she has no idea when that might be.
Here’s the full release from the city:
The State of Oregon Health Authority’s Drinking Water Program has required the City of Portland to issue a Boil Water Notice for all Portland Water Bureau customers and some regional water providers.
Until further notice, all Portland Water Bureau customers and those in the affected areas should boil all tap water used for drinking, food preparation, tooth brushing and ice for at least one minute. Ice or any beverages prepared with un-boiled tap water on or after May 20 should be discarded. Detailed maps, fact sheets and additional information can be found on the Water Bureau’s website atwww.portlandoregon.gov/water/boilwaternotice or by calling Customer Service at 503-823-7770.
In three separate incidents from May 20 to May 23, repeat water samples confirmed the presence of total coliform and E. coli in routine drinking water samples. The water samples that tested positive for bacteria were collected at the outlets of Mt. Tabor Reservoirs 1 and 5, and at the SE 2nd Avenue and Salmon Street water sampling station. Both reservoirs have been taken offline.
A press conference will be held at noon today at the City of Portland Emergency Coordination Center, 9911 SE Bush Street in Portland.
All Portland Water Bureau customers are affected. Also affected are customers of the following water providers:
“While we believe at this time that the potential health risk is relatively small, we take any contamination seriously and are taking every precaution to protect public health,” said Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff.
Consuming boiled and bottled water will ensure public health protection until the Water Bureau can determine that the water system is clean of contamination through surveillance sampling. Customers will be notified when they no longer have to boil their water. The Portland Water Bureau is working with the Multnomah County Health Department to provide health-related information to the public.
“The chance of any health problems related to this water test result is low. If any problems occur, we would expect diarrhea,” said Dr. Paul Lewis, Interim Tri-County Health Officer. “We monitor cases of bacterial diarrhea and will be aware of any increase following this event.”
The Portland Water Bureau collects approximately 240 routine bacterial samples per month throughout the system. The test to determine the presence of bacteria takes about 18 hours. It is not unusual for one of these samples to test positive for bacteria. Samples to confirm possible contamination are collected immediately after an initial detection of the presence of bacteria in drinking water. Once the detection has been confirmed, public health officials recommend that the public boil all tap water before consuming.
Contamination can occur when there is a loss of water pressure, a pipe breaks, or conditions that expose drinking water to outside elements. The Portland Water Bureau is performing a full investigation to identify the cause of the contamination. However, it is not always possible to make an exact determination.
Customers can visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/boilwaternoticeto determine if their home or business is in the Boil Water Notice area. The Boil Water Notice, fact sheets and contact information are provided on this same website. For more information, affected customers should contact the Portland Water Bureau Customer Service at 503-823-7770.
Do not call 9-1-1 unless you have an emergency. Follow updates on Twitter at#PDXBOIL.
I’ve been using Constant Contact to send out a newsletter to my friends and family for the past 5 years. The response has been fantastic and it’s made me a believer in taking the time to send word to your personal network on a regular basis. Here are my three top reasons that I think this makes sense.
1. You have a personal life and telling people that care about you what is going on for you leads to their having a greater understanding of your life, hopes and dreams. Once friends and family know more about what you’re up to – they can get behind any efforts you’re making. For instance, I had an idea a couple years ago called Farm My Yard. It’s an effort to match up homeowners and urban farmers who live nearby. I’ve been mentioning this idea and dreaming it into existence for the past couple years, and now that it’s starting to take off (I got word from a woman in Australia yesterday, Houston, we have lift off!) the people I’ve told about it are some of the effort’s greatest boosters. And, of course, Farm My Yard has a newsletter sign up form on the website
2. The feedback. We all want to know how we’re doing. When I send my newsletter out, I always ask for feedback and over the years it almost feels like people are taking turns and writing back with their thoughts, suggestions and mentions of how they might be facing the same challenges and their solutions for making their way through. Sometimes it’s just an “atta boy”, but some friends have deepened our relationship by sharing their thinking and real offers of help. For example, I have considered running for Portland City Council and used Constant Contact’s survey tool to ask my personal list who would be willing to support me and how. The response was fantastic – offers of money, time, and other types of support filled in my survey and has encouraged me to keep this idea milling rather than forgetting about it.
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As with any email newsletter, you want to follow the basic rules of thumb – keeping the newsletter brief; having a great subject line; putting the call to action towards the top (if there is one); and using graphics and links sparingly. If you invite your friends and family to write back about what has moved them about what you’ve written, they sometimes will – and, I promise, this feedback will often tickle you.
If you ever need encouragement on trying this out, feel free to get in touch and I’ll give you some encouragement. If you’d like to receive my friends & family monthly email (The Eleven), you can sign up for it @ http://albertideation.com
You can do this, and I truly believe it will lead to great things!
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