After extensive flushing of the city's water distribution system and acceptable test results from all water samples drawn over the testing period, the State Department of Health has rescinded the Boil Water Advisory for the city of Raymond as of Friday, Feb. 13.
It is advised that water customers of the City of Raymond water should flush their lines by running cold water for at least five minutes, flush equipment with waterline connections, empty ice makers and discard the first two batches of ice, and replace any in home water filters. For questions, call Raymond City Hall at 942-4100.
Additional precautions after the lifting of the Boil Water Advisory to food establishments include:
The flushing of all water lines with a steady stream of cold water for at least five minutes; verify that dish washing and sanitation is working properly; thoroughly clean any areas or surfaces that are used for food preparation to include all sinks; equipment with any connection to water lines must be flushed and sanitized; ice Machines need to also be treated by discarding any current ice stores, sanitizing the machines and discarding the first two batches of ice created prior to serving any ice from the cleaned system.
Any produce that was rinsed prior to the boil water advisory should be discarded; Examine all remaining food stores; check and change water filters as required. Any additional questions should be directed the Pacific County Public Health Office at 875-9343.
Initially having issues is attempting to drain water from the system and continue to provide water to the 3,000 residents with the Boil Water Advisory in effect, Raymond connected with the City of South Bend to add pressure to the system and flush out any remaining possible tainted water in the cities system. Taking advantage of a cleared tank the system was cleaned prior to adding any additional water to take samples. Samples were gathered over a two-day period with positive results leading to the lifting of the Boil Water Advisory.
During the time of turbidity, or cloudiness in the water, residents stock-piled bottled water and schools purchased additional cases of water for sporting events to provide to visiting teams advising them of the current water conditions.
No one has identified any issues specific to the water at the time if this report.