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Tooele City issues drinking water advisory

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Posted at 11:34 AM, Jun 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-21 13:43:25-04

UPDATE: This warning has been lifted as of Sunday morning.

Tooele City has issued a drinking water advisory after it says a break into the city's water storage tank was found Saturday.

The advisory goes on to say:

"Residents living SOUTH of VINE STREET and EAST OF MAIN STREET DO NOT DRINK THE WATER. Bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice and sample results are available.

We encourage you to purchase your own bottled water, but if you are not able to do so bottled water is available at the Tooele City Police Department at 50 N Garden Street (one case per household).

Possible symptoms are unknown. If you feel you may be experiencing any symptoms you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.We will inform you when tests show no contamination in the drinking water and we return to service. Notification anticipated to be within 24 hours.

For more information, please contact: 435-833-8220

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly. You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail."

Tooele City is working to collect samples, flush the system, and clean the tank. The risk of contamination is currently unknown.

Just after 12:30 p.m., the Utah Division of Emergency Management tweeted that it will be pushing a wireless emergency alert at the request of Tooele County Emergency Management instructing residents of southern Tooele City to not drink the water.