Boil water advisory lifted for 1000 Oregon City homes – kgw.com

Hydrant tampering leads to boil order


KGW Staff
8:42 a.m. PDT August 12, 2015

OREGON CITY, Ore. – Clackamas River Water lifted a boil water advisory Wednesday morning  for an estimated 1,000 homes in the Oregon City area after a fire hydrant was opened early Tuesday morning.

The homes are in the Redland Pressure Zone, east of S. Anderson Road.

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Someone opened a fire hydrant in a gated community on South Kraeft Road early Tuesday morning, according to a news release on the Clackamas River Water website. The loss in water pressure for some homes could have allowed harmful bacteria to enter the water distribution system.

Customers in the affected area were encouraged to boil water for one full minute, or use bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until further notice.

The potentially harmful bacteria could have caused diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. Infants, young children, and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk of getting sick.

Officials also said there has been a recent increase in fire hydrant tampering, which is a federal offense. According to spokeswoman Suzanne DeLorenzo, five hydrants in the district have been opened in the last four weeks.

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