ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM)-- Rockford city officials are lifting a no contact/boil water advisory for residents after a second water test came back clean on Friday.
The boil water advisory was issued Wednesday afternoon after a pump malfunctioned over Labor Day weekend, allowing E. coli into the system. Approximately 2,100 households and 400 businesses were told to avoid contact with water and boil all water before drinking or using it for cooking.
Kent County spokeswoman Lisa LaPlante says the city used chlorine to flush out contaminants, so water may still smell or taste of chlorine. City officials are recommending residents experiencing this issue should take the following steps:
- Drain your water heater according to manufacturers instructions. If you are not sure how to do this, turn on the faucets in your home and allow hot water to run for 10 minutes.
- Turn on your garden hose for 15 minutes.
- Open all faucets for a minute or two. The Kent County Health Department recommends removing screens from spigots when you do this.
- Recharge or regenerate your water softener. Systems should be flushed and sanitized as directed by the manufacturer.
- Replace water filters in refrigerators, pitchers and/or faucets according to the manufacturers' instructions.
- If you have an ice maker, throw out the next batch of ice made and any old ice.