E. coli reported in Weston; residents urged to boil water

An owl's nest in a municipal water tank is blamed for the contamination.

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WESTON - The city has issued a warning for its drinking water. Residents are being advised to boil all water used for human consumption until further notice.

No illnesses have been reported, said city police Sgt. Joshua Henninsen.

Today the city's Public Works Department received a positive test for E. coli in the water distribution system. An owl's nest was located in the water tank and has contaminated the the water, officials said in a press release.

The nest has been removed and the water system has been chlorinated and is being flushed. However, it will take time to work through the entire distribution system and the city is working on resolving this situation as quickly as possible. Henninsen said Thursday night the city expected the problem to be remedied by Monday.

To make drinking water safe, bring it to a boil, allowing it to boil for at least one minute. Let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

E. coli is a bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal waste. Microbes in these wastes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children and people with severely compromised immune systems.

City officials will announce when the water is safe to drink. For more information call 541-566-3313. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

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