Nov 29, 2019

Liberty Lake, Wash., Lifts Water Boil Advisory

The Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District has lifted its water boil advisory after the discovery of E.coli in a water sample from Western Peterbilt. 

Liberty Lake, Wash.,

The Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District has lifted its water boil advisory after the discovery of E.coli in a water sample from Western Peterbilt. 

The Liberty Lake, Wash., advisory began on Nov. 20 when a water sample from Western Peterbilt tested positive for E.coli, according to KXLY. A sample taken from a fire hydrant also tested positive for the bacteria.

Test results on Nov. 25 came back negative for E.coli, but positive for a new bacteria called total coliform. 

Total coliform is a bacteria found in human and animal waste, but is not harmful to humans, according to the EPA. E. coli is a strain of the coliform bacteria that can cause illness, however. 

The Sewer and Water District worked to flush out the system and isolated the contaminated area to alleviate the issue.

Since the discovery of the contamination and implementation of the boil advisory, businesses in Liberty Lake lost money. 

A chef at Eat Good Cafe said they went through 40 or more jugs of water when the advisory went into effect, reported KXLY.

"It's just frustrating because you have to figure out a solution and there's not anything you can do about it," said Aaron Fish, a chef with Eat Good Group.

These businesses resorted to using jugs of water to wash vegetables.

"It's like changing anything in a system throws a kink into it because it's a new thing and everyone has to figure out what to do," Fish said. "We shut down a couple of the things that we do that require water, like rice and beans.”

Fish said the business has lost about $1,200 to $1,500 in sales.

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