Portlanders scramble over boil water order

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — People, businesses and event planners were scrambling to deal with the boil water advisory for all customers of the Portland Water Bureau.

Every PWB customer is under a boil water advisory until further notice, at least until Saturday.

Water samples taken at three locations over a three-day period tested positive for bacteria.

Stumptown Coffee announced Friday afternoon they closed all their locations for the day. They will have updates on their Facebook page, company officials said.

A woman leaves the Safeway at SW 10th and Jefferson in Portland with a basket full of bottled water. All Portland Water Bureau customers are under a boil water order, May 23, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
A woman leaves the Safeway at SW 10th and Jefferson in Portland with a basket full of bottled water. All Portland Water Bureau customers are under a boil water order, May 23, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

At a Safeway in Southwest Portland, customers have lined up to get water, especially restaurants preparing to serve lunch.

Customers have left the store with cartloads of water, carrying as much as they can hold.

Chris Hamilton, who works at Higgins, told KOIN 6 News the restaurant destroyed all their pre-made ice and will only serve customers bottled water.

Chris Hamilton, who works at Higgins, told KOIN 6 News the restaurant destroyed all their pre-made ice and will only serve customers bottled water.

He said they bought 10 gallons of water and 10 bags of ice.

A sign at Portland City Hall alerts people not to drink the water, May 23, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
A sign at Portland City Hall alerts people not to drink the water, May 23, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Public water fountains around the city were turned off.

The Rose Festival begins Friday night, and event organizers are actively working to prepare for the change.

Festival official Rich Jarvis said they’ve instructed all the vendors to dump any product previously made with tap water. That includes any food or beverage that used tap water, he said.

Jarvis said they are handing out the health code instructions from the Multnomah County Health Department to all their vendors at the Rose Festival.

The Parks & Recreation Department shut down the fountains around the city and the splash pads won’t open as planned because of the alert.

The department put signs out at all the parks and community centers warning people about the orders.

The city pools will still be open and are safe to use, officials said.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.

 

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