TOOELE — Some Tooele residents were cautioned to not drink their tap water after a break-in at the city’s water storage tank was discovered on Saturday morning.
As about 4:30 p.m., those who live in southeast, Tooele south of Vine Street and east of Main Street were told they should continue using bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing their teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until the city’s water is deemed safe, city officials said in a statement.
“The city is working hard to collect samples, flush the system and clean the tank. Contamination risk is currently unknown,” officials said. They expect to have an update for residents within 24 hours.
In the meantime, residents are encouraged to purchase their own bottled water, but one case of water per household is available for those who aren’t able to purchase their own at the Tooele Police Department, 50 N. Garden Street.
City officials encourage those who think they might have become sickened from drinking the tap water to seek medical attention.
Officials said the water was safe for the rest of the city, which uses a different water system.