Lebanon, MO — The city of Lebanon issued an advisory boil notice after a water sample tested positive for E. coli.
The city announced on Wednesday that a bacteriological water sample taken from the Bowling Well prior to disinfection on Monday tested positive for the bacteria, as well as coliform.
The city says the well has been isolated from the system, and additional source sampling was collected Wednesday to confirm whether the bacteria is present in Lebanon’s water system. The boil advisory is in affect while the city awaits those results.
If any of the samples are positive for E. coli, the city says it will take corrective actions immediately. Otherwise, the boil notice will be lifted.
The city recommends residents boil water for three minutes prior to use. Those uses should be limited to drinking, brushing teeth and food preparations. Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled.
The city warns not to use ice from a household automatic ice-maker. Instead, remake ice cubes with water that has been boiled.
Disinfect dishes by immersing them for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.