City Officials are asking Heppner residents to not drink the city water until further notice. Here's the information they released today.
Fecal coliform or E. coli bacteria was found in the water supply on May 17. The bacteria can make people sick and can particularly affect people with weak immune systems. The microbes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. City officials recommend the following:
Do not drink the water without boiling it first.
Let the water boil for five minutes, let it cool before using or use bottled water.
Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice cubes, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until further notice.
If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.
Fecal coliforms and E. coli are bacteria that are usually present when the water may be contaminated with human or animal waste. Bacterial contamination can occur when a well gets contaminated, if a distribution line breaks, or if there's a failure in the chlorination system. City officials will update the residents when there's a change in the water ban.