About 450 Lehi Families Told to Boil Their Water

About 450 Lehi Families Told to Boil Their Water

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(Lehi-AP) -- About 450 families in Lehi have been advised to boil their water because of fecal contamination.

Fliers warning them of the contamination were left on their doors yesterday.

Bacteria was detected in a routine water sample Wednesday morning. Lee Barnes, water and waste water superintendent for the city, said a second test confirmed the contamination, prompting the boil order.

Barnes said additional testing found other city wells were not contaminated; only water in the Thanksgiving Point and Pilgrim's Landing areas of north Lehi were affected.

City employees worked into the night putting large amounts of chlorine into the water and then draining the water through fire hydrants.

If a sample after the treatment tests negative for fecal coliform, the boil order could be lifted as soon as tomorrow morning.

Dr. Joseph Miner of the Utah County Health Department said an outbreak of any disease is unlikely.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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