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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, February 9, 2020
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Bryan Dominique, Public Information Specialist, (360) 463-3437, or bryan.dominique@co.thurston.wa.us 
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Residents in Nisqually Delta Urged to Boil Water


​OLYMPIA – Thurston County Public Health and Social Services (PHSS) is urging residents of the Nisqually Delta area effected by the recent flooding to boil water before use until further notice. Safe drinking water includes bottled, boiled, or treated water. You should not use contaminated water to wash dishes, brush your teeth, prepare food, or make ice.

Boiling water kills harmful bacteria and parasites. You should bring the water to a rolling boil for one minute to kill most organisms. Oher helpful drinking and water sanitation safety tips are available at: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/tchome/tchomedocuments/FloodPacketForCitizens.pdf.

"Even though your property may not have been directly flooded, your well water could still be contaminated. Unless your well has been tested, you should use bottled water or boil your water," said Art Starry, Environmental Health Director for PHSS. "Contaminated water may be especially hard on small children. Some signs that your well water might be contaminated include an unusual smell or coloration of the water."

The water boil advisory does not apply to people on city water. For more information on water sampling and testing, please visit: https://www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/ehdw/lab.html.

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County Commissioners:

John Hutchings
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3