EAGLE MOUNTAIN — Residents of Eagle Mountain were advised to avoid using any water from the city’s drinking water system.
Monday, Eagle Mountain issued a drinking water advisory, citing a break-in at one of the city’s water storage tanks as the cause for concern. The city isolated the tank and stopped flow from the tank into the city's system while testing took place, the city said. Results from the testing would be finished by Tuesday evening at the earliest, a statement said.
“We are likely being overly cautious but with the possibility of the drinking water being compromised we are taking every precaution,” officials said in a statement.
Law enforcement was investigating the incident. Meantime, residents were advised to avoid using the water from the system at all, including for cooking, showering or brushing teeth.
“The health and welfare of our residents is of utmost importance,” city officials wrote.
Anyone with information about the break-in was asked to call the Utah County Sheriff’s Department dispatch at 801-794-3970. Tampering with a public water system is a federal offense that can carry a 20-year prison sentence and a $1 million crime, the city noted.