Holiday Hideaway Water Contamination

Island community urged to boil drinking water

 The 150 residents served by the Holiday Hideaway Water Association on Guemes Island are advised to boil their water because routine testing detected E.coli bacteria in the water.

The advisory applies only to the Holiday Hideaway Water Association, which serves 133 homes in the island community.

The state Department of Health’s Office of Drinking Water and the Skagit County Health Department are working with the water system operator to find the source of contamination and to fix the problem. The Office of Drinking Water is arranging to inspect the water system with the operator in the next few days.

Residents should use boiled water or purchased bottled water for drinking, brushing teeth, dishwashing, preparing food and making ice. Water should be boiled briskly for 1 minute and allowed to cool before using.

The advisory will remain in effect until the Water Association and the Department of Health are confident there is no longer a threat to the system’s customers. It’s likely to remain in effect at least until early next week.

Customers who have questions can call 360-333-0107.

- Washington State Department of Health

Carolyn Cox, Office of Drinking Water 360-236-3162
Gordon MacCracken, Communications Office 360-236-4072


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