Nibley City staff, with the support of personnel from multiple other agencies, have been working around the clock since Wednesday to remove contamination from the City’s water system. Beginning last night and finishing this morning, crews completed a second flush of the water system.
The City sent water samples for testing yesterday. Official results were received today and show the water is clean. A second set of samples was sent to the lab this morning. Results from those tests also showed the water to be clean.
The City consulted with the Utah Department of Drinking Water and the Bear River Health Department regarding the results and the City was given authorization to lift restrictions. The City is proceeding from a Do-Not-Use status to a Do-Not-Drink status as an extra precaution until additional flushing is completed.
Tests indicated that the water met acceptable levels for use. However, the City is leaving the “Do Not Drink” restriction in place while additional tests and cleaning takes place. Although the water has tested clean, residents may still notice an odor in the water. This is because an odor can be detected even when it is at an acceptable level for consumption and use.
As part of the transition to the Do-Not-Drink status, the City must implement a plan to flush water lines in residents’ homes. Residents will be asked to systematically flush the water pipes in their homes according to a schedule issued by the city, with different parts of the city flushing at different times. Instructions on how to flush household pipes are posted on the City’s website, www.nibleycity.com, along with a schedule for when different areas of the city can flush their lines.
<strong>It is critical that residents follow the schedule posted by the City in order to ensure the City’s water and sewer systems are not overwhelmed.</strong>
Residents are encouraged to go to www.nibleycity.com to sign up for the City’s community alert system to ensure they receive future notifications.
The City plans to continue cleaning the water storage tanks and will reevaluate system safety over the weekend to determine when the Do-Not-Drink order might be lifted.
Updates will continue to be posted at www.nibleycity.com and www.facebook.com/nibley. The City will use these resources, as well as its community alert system, to notify residents when all restrictions have been lifted.