Boil order lifted for Lindon residents

Boil order lifted for Lindon residents


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LINDON — Lindon city officials lifted a boil order advisory for city residents and businesses Monday morning.

The city also advised residents to implement additional steps at home and business locations to ensure water systems are entirely free of contamination.

The boil order was originally issued after lab results detected E. coli bacteria in the water supply that could cause stomach or intestinal illness. Residents were advised to boil any tap water used for drinking or cooking as a safety precaution.

Following the detection of bacteria, city officials flushed and chlorinated water tanks and mains. Lab results taken Sunday showed clean water with no E. coli or coliform present.

Due to high chlorine levels necessary to kill bacteria, city officials continued to flush the system until lower chlorine levels were reached and the advisory was officially lifted at 10:06 a.m. Monday.

In a press release, the city said officials are routinely testing water samples to prevent this from happening again. The exact cause of this contamination is unknown, but the city is working to isolate the source.

The following steps are recommended for all home and business water appliances. The information was taken directly from Lindon's customer notice. For questions call Lindon City Public Works: (801) 796-7954.

Flush pipes and faucets first:

  • To flush your plumbing, run all cold water faucets on full for at least 5 minutes each.
  • For a residence with multiple levels start at the top of the house.
  • If your service connection is long or complex (like in an apartment building) consider flushing for a longer period. Your building superintendent or landlord should be able to advise you on longer flushing times.
  • If the water is discolored continue to run it from the tap until it is clear.
Flushing ice and automatic ice makers:- Discard ice in trays or bins then wash and sanitize ice trays.
  • For an icemaker, dump exisiting ice and flush the water feed lines by making and discarding three batches of ice cubes.
  • Wipe down the ice bin with a disinfectant.
  • If your water feed line to the machine is longer than 20 feet, discard five batches of ice cubes.
Hot water heaters, water coolers, in-line filters and other appliances with a water connection or water tanks (such as kitchen appliances, humidifiers, swamp coolers):- Run hot water faucets until the water runs cold so the entire hot water heater has been emptied and refills with clean water.
  • Run other appliances and filters for a full cycle, or with enough water to completely replace at least one full volume of all lines and tanks.
  • Follow any other instructions from the appliance manufacturer.
Water softeners:- Run through a regeneration cycle.
  • Follow any other instructions from the appliance manufacturer.
Reverse Osmosis (RO) units:- Replace pre-filters.
  • Check owner's manual.
Other:- Clean and sanitize all pet bowls.
  • Replace filters in coffee machines, soda machines or other filters in similar appliances.
Replace and/or sanitize other water filters according to the manufacturer recommendations.

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