Emergency Management

Department of Health; Water is safe
Posted By Sheri Badger on Apr 18th, 2007 at 12:36 PM

Department of Health For immediate release: April 18, 2007 (07-051) Contacts: Donn Moyer, Communications Office 360-236-4076 Jeff Smith, Communications Office 360-236-4072 OLYMPIA –

Tests for chemical and other contamination in the Orting water supply have come back negative, showing the tap water is safe to use and to drink. Samples were collected for testing after it was discovered Monday that someone had broken into one of the citys sources.

The state Department of Health joined city and county officials today to announce the water sample test results. The citys water treatment system is working and the distribution system was flushed. All tests from the distribution system are satisfactory.

Tests showed no E. coli or other harmful contaminants in the Orting water distribution system, said Leslie Gates, Department of Health Office of Drinking Water.

Our priority is protecting the health of the people served by this water system, and we believe the City of Orting made a good decision when the situation was discovered.

Gates praised city and county officials for quick, collaborative work. Orting officials notified customers of the break-in at the spring-source Monday and advised them not to drink or use the tap water until further notice.

The Department of Health says the city used appropriate caution and kept its customers informed and safe. Water system security is vital to assuring safe and reliable drinking water, and the state agency takes security breaches like this very seriously. Local law enforcement will continue its criminal investigation of the break-in.