After two weeks, Sallal Boil Water Order Lifted; customers should follow home sanitizing process

Two weeks after Sallal Water Association issued a boil water order following positive E.coli tests, the association announced the order has been lifted for the entire district. Sallal serves approximately 5,000 North Bend area customers.

Sallal said in the announcement, “We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience during this time.”

After a consistent chlorine residual throughout the water system was confirmed, a first set of water samples were taken Monday September 30th, 2019 as directed by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH).  Those results were all satisfactory. A second set of samples were then taken Tuesday October 1st and also came back satisfactory.

According to Sallal, test results confirmed on Wednesday October 2nd, 2019 that the water is now safe to drink.

Below find an important Home Sanitizing Process all Sallal customers should follow now that the Boil Water Advisory is lifted:

Flush household pipes/faucets first:

  • To flush your plumbing, run all your hot/cold faucets and outside hose bibs on full for at least 5 minutes each.
  • For a residence with multiple levels, start at the top level of the house.

Ice and automatic ice makers:

  • Wash and sanitize ice trays and ice bins with a solution of two tablespoons bleach to one gallon of water.
  • For an icemaker, dump existing ice and flush the water feed lines by making and discarding three batches of ice cubes.

Hot water heaters, water coolers, in-line filters and other appliances with direct water connections or water tanks:

  • Run enough water to completely replace at least on full volume of all lines and tanks, including water heaters and refrigerator water lines.
  • Replace water filters after completing all flushing.
  • Run dishwashers empty for at least two cycles.

Also, replace other water filters, as they are disposable and may be contaminated.

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