City of Sandy: Water is safe to drink after boil water notice issued Saturday

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UPDATE on Sunday, July 8: Officials said that all samples of Sandy's water are clear, and there is no longer a need to boil the tap water. The city would like to thank everyone's patience through the advisory that was issued Saturday morning.


SANDY, Ore. – The City of Sandy issued a boil water notice to some residents Saturday morning after one of the water reservoirs serving the higher elevation areas of the city was drained due to a valve failure.

The city says areas west of Langensand Road and east of Meinig Avenue, primarily south of Highway 26, experienced no or very low water pression.

When the water pressure in Sandy’s distribution system drops below 20 psi, the groundwater can draw back into the piping system. This could cause the water to become contaminated with bacteria. The city is asking customers in the affected area to use bottled water or boil any water used for drinking or cooking until the water pressure is restored, the lines are flushed and they can sample for contaminates.

It will take about 24 to 48 hours before the city knows if any contamination occurred to the system.

The city says it will let customers know as soon as they lift the boil water notice.

Anyone impacted by the drinking water notice should bring water to a rolling boil for one full minute and allow the water to cool before using it.

After boiling, water can be stored in a clean container with a cover.

Boiled water should be used for drinking, brushing teeth, washing fruits and vegetables, preparing food and baby formula, making ice, and cleaning food contact surfaces.

The city of Sandy is transferring water from other reservoirs in the system to restore pressure. Water lines in the affected areas are being flushed to improve chlorine levels.

They anticipate having the problem solved by late Sunday afternoon.

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