'Boil water' advisory in effect near Hood River after positive E. coli test

'Boil water' advisory in effect near Hood River after positive E. coli test

HOOD RIVER, Ore. – A boil water advisory is in effect for Hood River-area residents after water tests found E. coli bacteria in the drinking water.

Customers of the Oak Grove Water Company should boil all water for at least one minute to kill the bacteria that could be present.

Tap water samples taken Sunday, Nov. 26 contained E. coli bacteria.

Residents should use boiled or bottled water for drinking, food preparation, brushing teeth, washing dishes or making ice.

Any ice or beverages made with tap water after Nov. 26 should be thrown out, environmental health officials said.

E. coli symptoms include diarrhea, cramps, nausea and headaches. Health officials said they may pose special risks for people with weakened immune systems. Anyone who experiences these symptoms should see a doctor.

Residents should continue to boil water until further notice.