Boil water advisory ends for area near Concrete

Residents who live near Concrete in Skagit County no longer need to boil their tap water to ensure it's safe to drink.

People who got their water from the Cape Horn Maintenance Company had been advised June 19 to boil water becase E. coli bacteria were detected. The advisory affected about 700 people in the residential and recreational community on the Skagit River a few miles southwest of Concrete.

Lab tests confirm the water again meets safe drinking water standards, the state Department of Health announced Wednesday, June 25.

The bacteria were detected during a routine water quality monitoring test. Follow-up sampling and an inspection indicated that one of the two storage tanks was the source of the problem. That tank was removed from service and will be thoroughly cleaned, disinfected, and tested before it is reconnected to the water system, according to the department. The system was disinfected. Two sets of water samples were tested and were OK.

Cape Horn customers with questions about their water quality can call 360-466-4443 or 1-800-895-8821.