Residents in NE Thurston County should boil tap water, says health department

Residents of two neighborhoods in northeast Thurston County have been advised to boil their tap water until further notice.

The advisory affects 206 homes in the Foxhall and Hollywood neighborhoods, according to the state Department of Health, which issued the warning Saturday.

The Health Department urges these residents to boil water for drinking, brushing teeth, preparing food, making ice and washing dishes. Residents should heat the water to a brisk boil for one minute, then allow it to cool, according to the department.

The water system is owned and operated by Washington Water Service Co. The system lost water pressure because of a broken pipe, which has since been repaired, according to the Health Department.

Harmful bacteria and germs may have been pulled into the system when it lost pressure, said Carolyn Cox, Health Department spokeswoman. The department will test the water over the next several days until it is deemed safe to drink, she said.

“We just can’t be certain of the water quality until we can test it,” Cox said, noting that the water is still safe for bathing. “Any water that comes in contact with your mouth should be boiled.”

Updates on drinking water news can be found at doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/DrinkingWater/Alerts/RecentAlerts.