Lehi Residents Continue to Boil Water

Lehi Residents Continue to Boil Water

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Sam Penrod ReportingFour hundred fifty families who live in a Lehi neighborhood remain under an order to boil their water today. The boil order was given yesterday after water samples tested positive for fecal contamination, which can cause digestive illnesses.

Lehi water officials are still unsure what is causing the water to be contaminated, although they have flushed the system with chlorine and are awaiting new test results.

But residents who live here at Pilgrim's Landing north of Thanksgiving point are dealing with the second day of not being able to use tap water for drinking or food preparation. Yesterday a notice was distributed throughout the neighborhood notifying residents that tests of the culinary water system revealed fecal contamination.

A few residents say they had felt sick over the last week or so, symptoms that are similar to those that can occur from drinking contaminated water. Other people hadn't noticed a problem. Most residents say they are just using bottled water until the boil order is lifted.

Cherie Bartley: "Bottled, of course boiling the water to wash our dishes. My kids are getting sponge baths from water we have boiled so it's pretty yucky, but we do what we have to do."

Most of those who live in this area have young families and parents say it is difficult to make sure their young children understand they shouldn't drink the water, especially since it is so hot outside. Health officials say if residents boil the water before drinking it or using it with food, it is safe.

Lehi officials hope that test results expected tomorrow morning will show the water is safe and the boil order can be lifted.

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