It was just announced that we can drink the water again. But remember to let ALL your facets run for at least two minutes to flush out the water in your pipes. The hot water can be flushed out with a shower or a bath, but it too does need to be flushed. Don't forget to empty your ice trays, and re-rinse dishes with fresh water. You might want to wipe down cooking surfaces too.
All ice and beverages made with non boiled water on or after May 20, 2014 should be
discarded. Any food made with water on or after May 20, 2014 that is not thoroughly
cooked above 165 degrees should also be discarded. Food that is cooked (boiled,
grilled or baked) at a temperature above 165 degrees is safe to consume.
Should I replace my home water filter after the event?
This incident should not have impacted your water filter.
Filters should be changed according to the regular schedule recommended by the
manufacturer. It is a general health precaution to regularly change filters as old filters
can diminish water quality.
Portland,OR- As of TIME AND DAY, the Boil Water Notice issued on May 23, 2014 is lifted. Tap water is safe to drink for all customers of the Portland Water Bureau. Customers of theBurlington, City ofGresham(North of I-84), Lake Grove, Lorna Water, Palatine Hill, Rockwood, Tigard Water Service Area (includingDurham,KingCityandBullMountain), Valley View, and West Slope Water Districts may now drink tap water without boiling it first.(P.S. Despite what the rest of the country seems to think about Portland, we are not ALL Hipsters, some of us are middle aged DFHs. :)
Follow-up testing of drinking water has shown the absence of bacterial contamination. The Portland Water Bureau recommends flushing all taps for 2 minutes or until the water runs cold before consuming for the first time. This will flush any potentially contaminated water from the plumbing.