Some customers of the Sea Cliff Estates Water System are being advised to boil water after potentially harmful E. coli bacteria were detected in the water during routine water-quality monitoring Saturday.
About 600 out of nearly 2,400 residents served by the water system, which is a few miles northeast of Gig Harbor, are affected by the boil-water advisory, according to a news release.
The affected homes are located south of Point Richmond Drive Northwest and Hallstrom Drive Northwest, the release states. Notices will be hand delivered to the residences.
Washington Water Service Company, which owns and operates the water system, is working with the state Department of Health to track the source of contamination. Both affected and non-affected residents are advised to visit the company’s website for more information.
The advisory will remain in effect until the water meets safe drinking water standards, the release states.
E. coli can cause gastrointestinal illness. To kill the bacteria, the Department of Health recommends that residents boil tap water they use for drinking, brushing teeth, preparing food, making ice and washing dishes. Water should be heated to a brisk boil for one minute and allowed to cool before use.
Customers with questions about their water quality can call Washington Water Service at 253-851-4060 or toll free at 877-408-4060.