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Elk Ridge water tests positive for coliform, boil advisory still in place

By Lauren Bennett, | Updated - Jun. 11, 2019 at 9:47 p.m. | Posted - Jun. 11, 2019 at 9:47 p.m.

ELK RIDGE, Utah County — Residents are advised to continue to boil their water until further notice after Elk Ridge water tested positive for coliform bacteria, according to an update on the city's Facebook page Tuesday.

Fortunately, the post noted, none of the water samples contained E. coli. Three out of nine water samples contained coliform bacteria and the state requires two consecutive tests with no coliform present to deem the water safe, the post stated.

Residents first heard of water troubles last week after a water main break caused dirt and rocks to enter a pipeline Thursday about 9 p.m. David Jean with Elk Ridge City's public work's department told the line broke because it was old and worn down.

He also told Saturday there hadn't been any reports of residents getting sick from the water.

Officials originally said Friday no tests had come back positive for coliform bacteria, according to an Elk Ridge city Facebook post.

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

The boil advisory is a precautionary measure and residents should expect the next water update Friday, according to Tuesday's post.

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