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SUBJECT: Drinking Water Advisory Lifted for South Seattle

1/5/2012  3:15:00 PM
SPU Customer Service  (206) 684-3000

Drinking Water Advisory Lifted for South Seattle
Seattle Public Utilities Lab Tests Confirm Water is Safe to Drink

SEATTLE — A drinking water advisory for part of South Seattle, in effect since yesterday morning, has been lifted after extensive lab tests confirmed the water is safe to drink.

As a precaution, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) had asked customers in an area of southeast Seattle to refrain from drinking or cooking with tap water following an early morning loss of water pressure Wednesday that affected about 1300 homes and businesses.

“We collected 13 samples yesterday to ensure water quality was maintained in the area affected by water pressure loss,” said Wylie Harper, lab director for Seattle Public Utilities. “Results of the tests, completed today, confirm the water quality is good.”

Some residents may have experienced discolored water yesterday as a result of the outage. While this discoloration is not a health concern, residents should open their taps and run water until it is clear. If the water remains discolored, please contact SPU Customer Service at (206) 684-3000.

The outage occurred when a pipe broke where it connects to the large water main that supplies the area.  Water pressure was restored late Wednesday afternoon. 

Customers with questions can call SPU Customer Service at (206) 684-3000.

This notice has been issued following consultation with the Washington State Department of Health and Public Health: Seattle & King County.

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