Water pressure problem forces Athena to boil water

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ATHENA — A boil-water order is still in place for those on the city’s water system, though preliminary test show no signs of e. coli.

The boil-water order was the outcome of a contractor for a state project who failed to close a connection to the city’s water line to opening a main water pipe, Counselor of Public Works Carol Speed said.

The result was water spewed out on Main Street on Thursday afternoon and the entire city water system saw a significant drop in pressure.

Oregon state requires a boil-water order and testing as precautionary measure whenever there is a significant drop in pressure.

The boil-water order went into effect Friday around noon.

Speed could not answer why it took a day to initiate the order, but added she would look into the matter.

Results from the first water tests came back on Saturday with no e. coli.

City crews then treated the entire system as a precautionary measure.

The boil notice is still in effect until further testing can be performed on Monday, Speed said.

Residents on the city’s water system should boil water for at least one-minute and then let it cool before using it for any potable purposes, including brushing your teeth.

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