UPDATE: Drinking water warning resolved and boil advisory lifted in Mapleton

Wasatch Front News

SUNDAY 06/20/21 12:52 p.m.

MAPLETON, Utah (ABC4) – The drinking water warning for Mapleton has been lifted according to city officials.

“The Division of Drinking water has lifted the boil order issued on June 20, 2021 and the drinking water system has returned to normal service,” shares the Division.

According to Mapleton City, detectives have collected eight follow-up samples throughout the city on June 18th and nine samples on June 19th. All samples were absent of coliform and E. coli bacteria.

“These sample results show the drinking water meets regulatory standards and is safe to drink. We take your health and the quality of our drinking water very seriously and the city will not use our spring sources until we have confirmed they meet all water quality standards. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience,” they share.

City officials now recommend residents to do the following:

  • Purge all water-using fixtures and appliances of standing water (ice machines, beverage makers, hot water heaters, etc)
  • Clean and sanitize all fixtures, sinks and equipment connected to the water lines
  • Flush the building’s water lines for at least two minutes
  • Clean faucet screens
  • Clean the water line strainers on mechanical dishwashing machines and similar equipment
  • Consult with your primary physician and report any E. coli related illness to the Department of health using their illness report website

“Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly, for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses,” the division adds.

SUNDAY 06/20/21 9:00 a.m.

MAPLETON, Utah (ABC4) – The Mapleton City Boil Order Advisory continues to encourage residents within the area to consume water with appropriate action, as lab results remain pending, Saturday.

According to city, as of June 17, Mapleton residents were advised to follow a boil advisory after city officials were informed of Total Coliform and E. coli bacteria in the city’s water sources.

“During boil water advisories or boil water orders, you should boil all water used for drinking, preparing food, beverages, ice cubes, washing fruits and vegetables, or brushing teeth. Severely immunocompromised individuals should always boil their tap water for the purposes noted above,” informs the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.

According to the Mapleton City Boil Order Advisory, until further notice, the city asks that residents do not drink or use the water for making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, or preparing food without boiling it first. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for three minutes, and let cool before using. Another option is using bottled water.

Boiling will kill bacteria in the water, making it safe to use.

City officials say bacterial contamination can sometimes occur in water spring sources, particularly in times of drought.

“We take your health and the quality of our drinking water very seriously,” they add.

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