Boil Water Order Remains in Effect: Precautions Continue at 2 SVSD Schools
The Boil Water Advisory to the entire Sallal Water System, remains in effect for all Sallal customers in the North Bend area.
As outlined in our first announcement when the advisory began on September 18 (posted below,) the district has taken, and continues to take, special precautions at the two Snoqualmie Valley schools which are impacted by this water concern -- Twin Falls Middle School and Opstad Elementary School.
We want to reiterate the steps our district is taking to safeguard students and staff during this time, since the Boil Water Advisory is lasting longer than expected. Steps include: bringing in a palette of bottled water every day for drinking; covering all drinking fountains and adding "Do Not Drink" signage; and providing hand sanitizer in all the restrooms for hand washing, also with clear signage.
Our Food Services teams at both school kitchens have also been taking special care to adhere to the recommended guidelines from Public Health, while still being able to provide students meals at school. Their efforts include:
All water needed for food preparation and handwashing dishes has been pre-boiled as directed.
Bottled water is being used for the kitchen staff hand-washing station.
Washable trays for serving food to students have been replaced with disposable ones.
All produce that was washed prior to the boil notice was thrown out.
No fresh fruit, vegetables, lettuce, tomatoes or any other product that would have to be washed is being used. No raw products are being used.
Menus have been adjusted with consideration toward eliminating food preparations that would require washing items.
Instead of large quantity items that would require staff assembly, Food Services has purchased individually wrapped items such as: little bags of carrots, sealed fruit cups, sliced apples that come prepared and washed outside of the area, individual bags of potato chips and goldfish crackers, canned fruit, and raisins in sealed individual boxes.
On this week’s menu, for example, the waffles, pancakes and French toast sticks are also individually wrapped. Fun lunches consist of muffins, pre-wrapped cereal or bagels, small containers of yogurt and sting cheese. Simple heat and serve items are also available.
Consequently, a King County Health Inspector who visited both schools emailed our Food Services Director Pam Chambers on Monday: “Thank you so much for your ongoing diligence in taking appropriate action and restricting the menu at the schools to ensure food safety.”
Kudos to our SVSD staff -- in Food Services, Operations, and throughout these schools -- who are providing the extra care and special attention that this situation requires.
For families in our district who are dealing with this issue at home, please continue to check https://sallal.com/ for updates. They recently added:
An Emergency Meeting for Sallal Customers will be held Wednesday, September 25, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Snoqualmie Casino Ballroom – regarding the incident, chlorination process, and steps families will need to take to flush their water systems once the boil advisory is lifted.
Sallal members may receive a case or 2 ½ gallon jug of water (per day) free of charge, from the North Bend QFC or Safeway, by letting the cashier know that they are affected by the Boil Water Advisory.
If anyone becomes ill, please seek medical attention. Find more information here, from King County Public Health in several languages.
Below is a map of the Sallal service area impacted by Boil Water Advisory.
Find previous updates below:
Update: Sallal Boil Water Advisory to Remain in Effect
(Posted 9/20/19, 4:16 p.m.)
The Sallal Water Association has posted a new press release this afternoon at 4 p.m. with a map of the affected area in North Bend. Click here to read their complete update: https://sallal.com/
They are reporting that more water samples have confirmed the presence of the E. coli bacteria in the water supply. Therefore, the Boil Water Advisory must remain in effect. The earliest that Sallal operators believe the Boil Water Advisory can be lifted is the week of October 1. This is due to the process required to sanitize the water supply with chlorine, refill water tanks, and retest the water to ensure it is safe for drinking.
To our families in this area, stay safe!
Posted 9/18/19:Important Notice: Sallal Water Association Issues Boil Water Advisory
This afternoon, Wednesday, September 18, the Sallal Water Association issued a “Boil Water Advisory for the Entire Sallal System” at 4:30 p.m. According to their media release, testing has revealed the presence of coliform bacteria, or E. coli, in the water in a couple samples.
We are sending this notice to help inform families who live in the area to take precautions until further notice from Sallal or the Department of Health.
They are advising…"DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a full boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using. Alternatively, you can use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. It is acceptable to use water for bathing, showering, and washing clothing."
Snoqualmie Valley schools that are on the Sallal water system include Twin Falls Middle School and Opstad Elementary. Schools will continue to operate on regular schedule. However, the following special precautions are being implemented at those schools to safeguard our students, staff and visitors:
Bottled drinking water will be provided.
Fountains and sinks will be clearly marked to prohibit drinking.
Hand sanitizer will be provided and strongly encouraged.
Food Services staff at both schools has been apprised and will be taking extra precautions. All water will be boiled according to the Boil Water Advisory.
For more information, please refer to: https://sallal.com – for the full media release from the Sallal Water Association.