E. coli detected: Portlanders told to boil water

Associated Press
In this Wednesday, April 24, 2013 photo, the forested hills west of downtown Portland, Ore., shown here are honeycombed with miles and miles of hiking trails.  One of the latest Portland  efforts is something called the 4T trail, a tour that incorporates the city's light-rail trains, trolleys, forest trails and even a sky tram that gives spectacular views of downtown and the surrounding countryside from the West Hills. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
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In this Wednesday, April 24, 2013 photo, the forested hills west of downtown Portland, Ore., shown here are honeycombed with miles and miles of hiking trails. One of the latest Portland efforts is something called the 4T trail, a tour that incorporates the city's light-rail trains, trolleys, forest trails and even a sky tram that gives spectacular views of downtown and the surrounding countryside from the West Hills. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland officials issued a citywide boil notice after state health officials detected E. coli in the water supply.

The Portland Water Bureau said residents should boil all tap water used for drinking, food preparation, tooth brushing and ice for at least one minute.

Ice or any beverages prepared with unboiled tap water on or after Tuesday should be dumped.

The water samples that tested positive for bacteria were collected from two reservoirs at Mount Tabor.

Tri-County Health Officer Dr. Paul Lewis says the E. coli is unlikely to cause any health problems, except for maybe diarrhea.

The Water Bureau is investigating the cause of the contamination.

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