Northern Saratoga Springs residents will have to continue to boil their water for a while.
Saratoga police spokesman Cpl. Aaron Rosen said the city is awaiting test results on a well believed to be the source of a campylobacter outbreak in the city. The city is treating the water with chlorine to kill the bacteria.
While the initial hope was to have the well cleared up within 48 hours, Rosen said the city is playing it safe.
"We don't want to get people's hopes up," Rosen said. Once the city gets the all-clear from the Utah County Health Department, it will let people know they can use the water again.
Since Thursday night, residents have been ordered to boil water before using it for drinking, cooking or washing.
Lance Madigan, Utah County Health Department spokesman, said the county found seven cases of campylobacter infection. He said the only common factor was that all seven people live in northern Saratoga Springs.
Campylobacter is a food-borne bacteria usually found in raw dairy products. Madigan said it can also be transmitted through feces. The usual symptoms are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. While it is not usually fatal, campylobacter can kill people with compromised immune systems.
While there are seven known cases, Madigan said there could be more people infected who dismissed their illness as "stomach flu."
"[National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] statistics say that if you have seven testing positive for it, there are probably 100 other people who have it," Madigan said.
The affected subdivisions are Harvest Hills, Aspen Hills, Sunrise Meadows, Dalmore Meadows, Summer Village, Sunset Haven, Sierra Estates, Riverbend, The Cove at the Jordan River, The Gables, Sergeant Court, Daybreak at Harvest Hills and Hillcrest condominiums. Westlake High School and Harvest Hills Elementary School and Lakeview Academy are also in the affected area.
Mount Olympus Waters dispatched a 6,000-gallon tanker truck to provide free water for residents. The tanker is parked at Walmart, at Redwood Road and State Route 73.
Larry Mullenax, Mount Olympus vice president, said the company will provide two one-gallon containers of water per person. But if people bring their own containers, the company will fill them for free.
As of Friday afternoon, 200 to 300 people had picked up water, some bringing five-gallon containers with them, Mullenax said.
He said the company will continue to provide water until the order is lifted. Walmart employees are staffing the tanker from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., he said.
Water for drinking should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute. Water for bathing need not be boiled but should not come in contact with the mouth. Avoid bathing small children.
After washing hands with tap water, use a hand sanitizer.
Bottled water is safe to drink.
After the outbreak has cleared, replace or sterilize water filters in sinks, refrigerators, freezers and ice makers.
Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea (possibly bloody), stomach pains, sometimes fever. If you have questions about illness, especially dehydration, consult your doctor.
Wash hands thoroughly after changing diapers and using the bathroom.
Allow hand-washed dishes to dry thoroughly before using again.
Source » Utah County Health Department