Seventeen homes in the Keanland Park neighborhood in Thurston County have been under a boil-water advisory after ecoli was found during a routine monthly check of the neighborhood’s private water system.
The system is privately owned, and is managed by the Thurston County Public Utility District. The neighborhood is between the Olympia Regional Airport and East Olympia.
The Violet Prairie Water Company has given system users a credit and is cooperating with the PUD and the Department of Health, said John Weidenfeller, PUD general manager.
A boil-water advisory tells users to boil and cool water intended to be consumed in any way, including cooking and brushing teeth. It’s not necessary to boil water for bathing, according to Department of Health spokesperson Carolyn Cox.
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Coliform can enter a system in a number of ways, Weidenfeller said, and it’s often difficult to figure out where it happened.
Chlorination was installed last weekend, Cox said. Samples are being collected and tests of the system conducted.
“We’re hoping to get everything cleared up by the holiday,” Weidenfeller said. “That’s our goal.”