Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 16, 2014
Boil water order lifted for all Stansbury Park residents

A boil order issued for the Stansbury Park culinary water system has been lifted after lab tests confirmed that coliform contamination detected earlier this week is no longer present.

Myron Bateman, director of the Tooele County Health Department, announced the end of the order Thursday afternoon after samples taken Wednesday morning came back clear of elevated bacterial levels.

The boil order was issued on Tuesday afternoon after the Stansbury Park Improvement District was notified that five of nine water samples taken on Monday tested positive for elevated levels of coliform bacteria.

Coliform bacteria are not generally harmful to humans, but elevated levels of the bacteria are considered an indicator of contamination, especially fecal contamination, within a water system.

Bateman said it was possible that routine maintenance on the water system may have introduced the contamination.

The improvement district began chlorinating and flushing the system shortly after the positive test result on Tuesday, Bateman said. Additionally, the district also installed a chlorinator on the system’s well to prevent future problems.

Emma Penrod

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Emma Penrod is a staff writer for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin and covers Tooele City government, religion, health, the environment, ethnic issues and public infrastructure. A Tooele native, Penrod graduated from Tooele High School in 2010. She holds an associates degree from Utah State University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University. She worked for the newspaper as a high school intern starting in 2008. In 2010 she began working full-time in the newsroom until she left for college later that year. While at BYU, Penrod worked as a writer and editor for a small health magazine in Utah County. She interned with The Riverdale Press, a community newspaper in the Bronx, NY and with the Deseret News. She is also the author of two non-fiction books.

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