The Lindon water order has been lifted as the city has been facing problems over the holidays following the detection of an E Coli contamination.
Lindon City residents received quite an unexpected and unpleasant surprise. Just before the holidays, regular water tests revealed a potential problem.
The city’s water sources were detected to have been contaminated with the E Coli bacteria. E Coli is Escherichia coli. It is a mostly harmless bacteria. However, some of its strains can cause quite serious health issues.
E Coli is usually found in the lower intestines of endotherms. Their warm-blooded carriers can usually benefit from their presence. However, some bacteria serotypes are responsible for product recalls.
Such contaminated goods could lead to a number of food poisoning-related issues. Its most serious strains and cases can lead to serious health problems. These include gastroenteritis and urinary tract infections.
December 23 Lindon water tests revealed the presence of E Coli. The results came after a routine check-up of the system. As such, starting with Friday, a boil order was issued.
This spanned throughout the holiday weekend. The boil order presupposes the following. Before drinking tap water, Lindon residents would have had to boil.
Through boiling, water gets purified of potential bacteria. City authorities took to official social media accounts. By doing so, they kept residents informed about the situation.
Adam Cowie, a City Administrator, went to offer details. According to him, Saturday Lindon water tests came back negative. The results were returned late on Sunday afternoon.
Still, they revealed no traces of E Coli. City authorities coordinated with the State DEQ. DEQ is the Department of Environmental Quality.
Lindon water tests recorded Saturday still had fairly high chlorine residuals levels. As such, the DEQ recommended a continuous flushing of the system.
According to Cowie, the recommendation was followed. As such, the system was continuously flushed. Presently, the chlorine residuals are reportedly at a safe consumption level.
Following the Saturday testing, authorities also decided upon the main matter. The Lindon water boil order has been lifted. The announcement was made on the city’s official Facebook account.
It was also followed by subsequent information. As such, residents were advised to take the following measures. Faucets should be opened on cold water. This should be left running for five minutes, at least.
Ice makers should be cleared out and the ice dumped. Water softeners should be run through a regeneration cycle. Any and all waterline connected items should also be run through a full cycle.
This should help clean them up and should be run before using them. These are some of the information offered in the post.
More information on the Lindon water cleaning measures can also be accessed on their social media account.
Lindon City’s water source was reportedly the only one affected. As the boil order has been lifted, the problem should have been solved. Neighboring cities also took to social media platforms. They reported that local water sources have not been affected.
Residents should still be careful. They should watch out for potential E Coli infection symptoms. Usually, such problems appear after consuming contaminated food. Symptoms include the following.
Nausea, headaches, abdominal cramping, and vomiting. Fever and fatigue are also on the said list. Any person exhibiting such symptoms should check in with their health provider.
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