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E. coli water advisory for part of Spokane Valley

E. coli water advisory for part of Spokane Valley

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A water advisory has been issued to 2,300 homes and businesses in a part of Spokane Valley because E. coli bacteria was detected in the water.

The affected area stretches two miles east and west of Argonne Road, and from the north bank of the Spokane River to about one mile south of Stoneman Road.

The advisory affects only Pasadena Park Irrigation District 17 customers. To find out if you are in this district, you can check your monthly water bill.

The city is notifying customers by placing paper notices on their property.

The Department of Health is advising residents to boil their water for at least one minute before drinking, brushing teeth, preparing food, making ice, and washing dishes.

There haven't been any reports of illnesses yet, but common symptoms include cramping, nausea and diarrhea. It is recommended if you experience any of those symptoms to call your doctor.

The Office of Drinking Water will have an engineer out Monday looking into the source of the outbreak. That will give more information as to how much longer the water advisory will be in effect.

To disinfect the water, the city has increased levels of chlorine. they recommend you run all the taps in your house for 15 minutes to help the water travel through the districts distribution system.

It is also advised to wash only white clothing while chlorine levels are high to prevent color fading.