Elk Ridge officials warn residents about potentially contaminated water

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ELK RIDGE, Utah County — City officials advised residents of Elk Ridge Friday to boil their tap water before use, after a water main break caused rocks and dirt to enter the city's pipeline.

The break happened bout 9 p.m. Thursday, and the city is in the process of testing the water for contamination, according to an Elk Ridge City [Facebook post](<https://www.facebook.com/elkridgecity/posts/2584349911891191?__xts__[0]=68.ARD5UAOkD97A9mo2WlBTMwEEFyBwm6Xqht5qiOiXMzfeR7bddhMoYoCe-LuRgJF7cHWfeTLKB0iB30Wkhme4hWRNaZKbcZPREDXzbRQLq4usQxwPEnVM5xN0bdavowAhZGeaw6i1JIXMmRuQ7Zxh8pvb5SB4vxk_xfZqZ6-1bvrFb-U1gV0C87uit4kpCh4MJ3TWRDjDQdP7Xq6MzegaL4oXKchmqZk4bc1hOJZmH1G1piJ0z-Jl37qaWatHdky_3twHC-xzg9GJFkfBIOI0A-QSdk_XdLOKOQjAs0bERWpNdBpt-8r2fwU2Z1SX87eWi8SlYc0Y82rvVbgw-D0BhAm3&__tn__=-R target=>). The post noted it takes 24 hours after a sample is taken to get results.

While the city hasn’t issued an official boil order — such an order requires confirmation of bacterial contamination, according to the Facebook post — officials wanted to advise residents to boil their water before use as the city awaits test results.


There haven’t been any samples that tested positive for coliform bacteria, the post stated.

Residents can also use bottled water, but the post reiterated any water taken from the tap should be boiled before drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and preparing food.

The post assured residents the city will inform them when tests confirm there is no bacteria and when the boiling advisory is lifted.

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Lauren Bennett is a reporter with KSL.com who covers Utah’s religious community and the growing tech sector in the Beehive State.


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