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E. coli found in Spanaway water

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SPANAWAY, Wash- The Spanaway Water Co. has urged its 20,000 customers to boil their water after routine tests showed the presence of E. coli bacteria. The discovery has prompted local officials to close a handful of schools for Thursday.

The state Department of Health says it's working with the company to find the source of the contamination.

E. coli was detected in two routine water samples and total coliform bacteria was found in a third. E. Coli can cause serious health problems, especially in children and the elderly.

The advisory urges customers in the community south of Tacoma to use bottled or boiled water for brushing teeth, washing dishes, preparing food or making ice. If tap water is used, it should be boiled for five minutes.

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