The City of Cle Elum is under a boil water order due to a broken main in the water system. Water may be contaminated at this time. There are no other affected areas beyond the City of Cle Elum.

When there is a boil water order, everyone in the affected area must bring water to a rolling boil for at least one minute and then let the water cool before using.  To avoid possible illness, use boiled or purchased bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, handwashing, and food preparation until further notice.

The Kittitas County Public Health Department is working with the City of Cle Elum and the Washington Department of Health (DOH) to notify residents and work with food establishments in the area.

At this time, food service establishments in the affected area cannot prepare or serve food until approval of the water system by DOH.  KCPHD is working closely with food establishments to ensure that they are not open to the public at this time.

For more information, visit the City of Cle Elum or the Northern Kittitas County Tribune Newspaper’s Facebook page for updates. For food establishments in the area who have questions or concerns, please contact KCPHD at 509-962-7515.

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