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Portland Water Bureau lifts boil water notice; tap water safe to drink

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As of 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, the Portland Water Bureau has lifted its boil water notice, and tap water is safe to drink for residents within the city. Follow-up testing of drinking water has shown the absence of bacterial contamination; it is recommended that all taps are flushed for up to five minutes to ensure flushing out any potentially contaminated water from plumbing.

The bureau issued a boil water notice on Friday, May 23, when it detected E-coli in three tests of the city’s water in as many days. The region affected included PCC sites located within the city’s watershed – Sylvania, Rock Creek and Cascade Campuses and center/locations within Portland such as the Downtown Center, Southeast Center and the CLIMB Center.

For more information and FAQs on the situation, visit the Portland Water Bureau Web site:




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James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »

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x by jennie 3 years ago

I’m glad PCC is also keeping it’s students up to date. Thanks a bunch!