'Boil water' advisory lifted for Tigard-area residents

'Boil water' advisory lifted for Tigard-area residents »Play Video
A Tigard resident boils water during the advisory on Wednesday. Tigard police said the tap water was safe as of 8:30 a.m. Thursday. (KATU photo)

TIGARD, Ore. - Tigard police said an advisory for Tigard residents to boil their water due to E.coli contamination has been lifted.

Tigard Police rescinded the advisory Thursday morning after tests showed the water was safe. "As of 8:30 a.m., Tigard water customers no longer need to boil their water," police said in an email. "The boil water advisory issued Wednesday, November 21, has been lifted. Test results obtained this morning showed no signs of bacterial contamination. Tigard tap water is now safe to drink."

Police initially issued the boil water advisory Wednesday after two routine tests showed the water was contaminated. "The positive tests indicated the drinking water may have been contaminated with human or animal wastes," police said.

The advisory included the communities of Durham, King City Bull Mountain and some unincorporated areas of Tigard. Tigard city officials issued reverse-9-1-1 calls and emails telling residents the water was safe.

Crews began flushing the city's water system on Wednesday. Police said anyone who has water in storage from November 18, including as ice, should get rid of that water.

"The City of Tigard regrets any inconvenience the boil water advisory has caused, especially during the Thanksgiving holiday. While the health risks were extremely low, the city's top priority is to safeguard the health and safety of its water customers," police said Thursday.