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Magna Water District issues boil order after dead raccoon is found in storage tank

FILE - Officials say initial test results Tuesday show water is safe in the Morgan County town of Mountain Green after someone recently broke into a water tank. Adobe Stock

MAGNA — The Magna Water District issued a water boil order Thursday after a dead raccoon was discovered in one of its storage tanks.

The order affects the district’s entire service area, which includes all of Magna Metro Township and portions of West Valley City between 7200 West and 5600 West, and 2820 South and 2100 South. It also includes portions of Salt Lake City located between 7600 West and 7200 West, and 2100 South and 1300 South.

Residents in those areas are advised to bring all water to a boil for five minutes and let it cool before using. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until further notice. Boiling the water kills bacteria and other organisms.

The boil order aims limit potential health impact to customers. The district said water will be tested for the next two days. The order will be lifted when health officials are confident there is no contamination.