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Basin City Elementary will have it's fist day Tuesday because of bad water

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BASIN CITY, Wash. -- More than 450 children who go to Basin City Elementary didn't have their fist day of school today, due to an E. Coli contamination in the water last week.  The contamination is affecting the entire town of Basin City, affecting about 850 people.  The school will instead be opening doors for students on Tuesday, August 30th.

"We had a lot of phone calls and kids are disappointed, but most of all the staff is very disappointed. We were all ready to see our students today so,  says Principal Lisa Flatau.

A boil-water advisory is issued to customers of the Basin City Water-Sewer District water system because potentially harmful bacteria have been detected in the water.

The state Department of Health is working closely with the utility to try to find the source of contamination and fix it.
Basin City is about five miles west of Mesa in Franklin County.

Residents are encouraged to boil tap water used for drinking, brushing teeth, food preparation, making ice, and washing dishes. Tap water should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute and allowed to cool before using.

Customers will be notified when the advisory ends. Meanwhile, customers who have questions about their water can call the utility at 509-531-6308.