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Syracuse residents told to boil water before use

By Ben Lockhart | Posted - Jun. 5, 2015 at 10:41 p.m.



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SYRACUSE — Residents here were warned Friday to boil their water until further notice after officials found E. coli and coliform bacteria in the city's water source.

Syracuse city officials announced the boil notice Friday night after a sample taken from the area of 700 South and 2500 West tested positive for contamination. The notice is likely to be in effect until early next week.

Syracuse public works crews found the source of the contamination, which was a "cross connection of culinary and secondary (sprinkler and irrigation) lines," city officials said in a prepared statement.

"The city has isolated the cross connected lines, which has eliminated the contamination source, and is currently flushing the water mains," the statement explained.

Permanent repairs will be performed on the affected water mains.

Syracuse residents are advised not to use water from their home to drink, prepare food or give to pets before boiling it. The city also recommends against brushing teeth or making baby formula with the water. Refrigerated ice cubes should be thrown out.

City officials will notify residents when the boil notice is lifted. When the order is lifted, the Davis County Health Department recommends running cold water from all faucets in the residence for 20 minutes, followed by hot water for two minutes. The department recommends all water filters be replaced.

A Q&A has been released by Syracuse city regarding proper procedures and any other relevant information.

Syracuse residents also have been asked to share information about the boil notice with their neighbors. Anyone with questions about the notice may call the city at 801-825-7253 during business hours or 801-643-5775 after hours.

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