MEDIA RELEASE SEPTEMBER 18, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Wednesday, September 18, 11 AM
Contact: Denny Scott, 425-888-3650

WHAT HAPPENED?  The staff at Sallal Water Association (state water system ID # 75560Q)  takes water samples from about 25 sampling stations located throughout the service area.  In August, samples were taken in the Riverpoint area, and no E. Coli was present. As part of the routine sampling protocol, Sallal took water samples on Wednesday, September 11.  Sallal received the lab results on Friday, September 13 and one sample showed fecal coliform bacteria, or E. coli, present in the water.  Sallal took follow-up samples as required by the Washington State Department of Health on Friday, September 13, and one sample came back still showing the bacteria in the water.  Eighty-two homes are affected in the Riverpoint neighborhood on Mt. Si Road and East to 480th Ave SE.  Other areas in Sallal’s service territory are NOT affected. 

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?  DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a full boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using.  Alternatively, you can use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.  It is acceptable to use water for bathing, showering, and washing clothing.

Fecal coliforms and E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, and people with severely compromised immune systems.  These bacteria can make you sick, especially for people with weakened immune systems. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.

WHAT CAUSED THE PROBLEM?  We do not know the cause of the contamination at this time. Bacterial contamination can occur when increased runoff enters the drinking water source, for example, following heavy rains. It can also happen due to a break in the distribution system lines, damage during construction, or a faulty backflow assembly.

WHAT IS THE ASSOCIATION DOING TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEM?  Notifications were made in the form of residential door hangers, website posts, social media posts, email, and phone calls on September 17.  Sallal has flushed the water system and added chlorine to eliminate the bacteria.  Sallal is taking more water samples from the affected area and working closely with the DOH.  Sallal will inform customers when tests show that the water is safe to drink. Sallal anticipates resolving the problem by September 23-24.

Bottled water donated from the Snoqualmie Tribe is available at the Sallal office, or Sallal can deliver upon request. 

Regular updates will be posted at www.sallal.com, our Facebook page (@sallalwater), and communicated directly to impacted customers via email. Public inquiries may be directed to info@sallal.com or 425-888-3650. 

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