DES MOINES, Wash. — E.coli has been found in the water supply for Des Moines and Normandy Park, with residents of Water District 54 being advised to boil their water before drinking.
The boil water advisory became official on Saturday around 4 p.m., according to a spokesperson for the water district.
E.coli was identified in a recently tested sample from the supply. Subsequent tests didn’t show E.coli but coliform bacteria was also present. Coliform is commonly found in human and animal waste.
The district began chlorinating its water system on Saturday. Because this process cleans mineral build-up in pipes, this can make water from faucets and taps look cloudy and brown.
While the boil water order is in effect, residents are still advised to use bottled water for daily tasks like brushing teeth, washing dishes, and preparing food.
A Water District 54 spokesperson told us showering and bathing is safe.
Water District 54 is also a “closed water system,” according to the spokesperson, so the contamination is limited to downtown Des Moines and the southern border of Normandy Park.
The spokesperson also said residents should sign up for CodeRED, which will send texts to residents regarding any updates to the water supply.