Key Peninsula residents in Wauna told to boil water after E. coli found

UPDATE, 6 p.m.: According to KIRO-TV, the boil order remained in effect Sunday (Oct. 19). Officials will test the water again Monday, and depending on the results the order could be lifted.

ORIGINAL POST: Health officials told Wauna residents Saturday to boil drinking water, after they found E. coli in the system on the Key Peninsula.

Crews found the bacteria Friday in the water, which affects 324 homes and about 870 people, the state Health Department said.

The agency said it’s working with the operator of the system to find the source of contamination.

Officials advise residents to boil tap water used for drinking, food preparation, dish washing, brushing teeth, or making ice.

Water boiled for one minute will kill germs.

Anyone with questions can call 253-884-2088.