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UPDATE ON STARTUP WATER PROBLEM: BOIL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
May 21, 2009
(STARTUP, WA) -- Over 200 Sky Valley residents and businesses that get their water from the Startup Water District are being advised to continue boiling their water even though a water main break has been repaired.
The advisory to boil water followed a water main break Wednesday morning that caused customers to lose water or water pressure. The break occurred at State Route 2 and 367th Street while crews were working on a water main replacement project.
Crews had the repairs fixed about 7:30 pm. last night according to Karen Eaton of the Startup Water District. Eaton says the system has been chlorinated and pressurized and is working but that customers should continue to boil water until further notice. The district is awaiting word on water samples that have gone to the lab to come back showing water quality is normal.
The boil water advisory affects all 239 homes and businesses in Startup. Boiled or purchased bottled water should be used for drinking, brushing teeth, dishwashing, preparing food and making ice. Tap water should be boiled for one minute and allowed to cool before use.
Startup Water District recently was chosen to receive $5.1 Million dollars in federal economic recovery funds to help replace its crumbling pipes, which frequently break. Water District Commissioner Karen Eaton likened the brittle asbestos pipes to "wet cardboard."
"It's terribly frustrating for the people of Startup to have to boil their water yet again. These repeated main breaks show why we need to replace aging infrastructure in our state," said Denise Clifford, director of the state Office of Drinking Water. "These economic stimulus funds will improve the reliability of this water system, put people to work, and protect people's health."
The boil water advisory will remain in effect until the state Department of Health determines that the water meets safe drinking water standards.
For more information, customers can call the water district at 360-793-1833.