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City of Medford Lifts 'Boil Water Advisory' for Residents, School

A water main break on Corona Ave near Grand Ave led the City to issue a 'boil water advisory' for a list of 56 addresses between Monday night and Tuesday afternoon.

Posted: Jan 14, 2019 5:42 PM
Updated: Jan 15, 2019 2:19 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. —

UPDATE: All boil water advisories have been lifted for a list of 56 addresses in the middle of Medford following a water main break on Monday evening.

The City notified school administrators at Wilson Elementary about the lifted advisory first. The school was among the buildings that lost water pressure on Monday — leaving the potential for harmful bacteria growth.

According to the City, school officials had to provide bottled water to all students and staff on Tuesday, and also prepared all of the school food at North Medford High before bringing it to Wilson.

"Tests were conducted and submitted Monday night by the City. Those tests have come back clear for Wilson Elementary. The school can now resume water use," said Danielle Craig with the Medford Schol District.

Tests have since cleared all other residents to begin using their water again, according to the City.

(Updated 1/15/19 at 2:15 p.m.)


INITIAL REPORT: A water main break near the intersection of Corona Avenue and Grand Avenue in Medford has led the City to issue a "boil water advisory," according to a statement released on Monday.

"During the repair a portion of Corona Ave, Miracle Lane, Johnson Street, and Gayety Lane inadvertently depressurized. Due to the loss of water pressure in the distribution system, potentially harmful bacteria could be present in the water supply for the following 56 service addresses ONLY," the City said.

All of the affected addresses are listed below:

1496 Corona
1616 Corona
1617 Corona
1620 Corona
1635 Corona
1640 Corona
1702 Corona

1500 Miracle Ln
1501 Miracle Ln
1510 Miracle Ln
1511 Miracle Ln
1520 Miracle Ln
1521 Miracle Ln
1530 Miracle Ln
1531 Miracle Ln
1540 Miracle Ln
1541 Miracle Ln
1551 Miracle Ln
1561 Miracle Ln
1571 Miracle Ln
1580 Miracle Ln
1580 Miracle Ln
1581 Miracle Ln

1601 Gayety Ln
1602 Gayety Ln
1610 Gayety Ln
1611 Gayety Ln
1620 Gayety Ln
1621 Gayety Ln

1501 Johnson
1510 Johnson
1511 Johnson
1520 Johnson
1521 Johnson
1530 Johnson
1531 Johnson
1540 Johnson
1541 Johnson
1550 Johnson
1551 Johnson
1560 Johnson
1570 Johnson
1600 Johnson
1601 Johnson
1610 Johnson
1611 Johnson
1612 Johnson
1621 Johnson
1622 Johnson
1632 Johnson
1642 Johnson
1651 Johnson
1652 Johnson
1662 Johnson
1672 Johnson
1682 Johnson

The City says that the affected area is limited to only those addresses. The loss of water pressure can cause the buildup of harmful bacteria, which boiling the water can kill.

"If these bacteria are present, they could make you sick, and are a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems," the City said.

Customers should bring water to a rolling boil for 1 full minute, allow the water to cool before using, and store the cooled water in a clean container with a cover. Customers should use boiled water that has cooled or bottled water for:

 - Drinking

 - Brushing teeth

 - Washing fruits and vegetables

 - Preparing food and baby formula

 - Cleaning food contact surfaces

The City will inform those houses affected once tests show that the bacteria is gone and the boil water advisory is over. Those tests could take as long as 24-36 hours.

For more information, go to medfordwater.org or contact the City's Customer Service Department at (541) 774-2430. For an after-hours emergency, call (541) 779-7611.

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