Alameda Point residents still asked to avoid drinking tap water

- Residents in one Alameda neighborhood are still being advised to avoid drinking tap water until additional tests confirm it's safe for consumption, city officials said Thursday. It is, however, now safe for bathing and showering.

The City of Alameda and East Bay Municipal Utility District removed the source of non-potable water in the Alameda Point neighborhood, which has been attributed to an existing irrigation well. The system has since been flushed with EBMUD water and then tested to confirm that it no longer contains non-potable water. First round of bacteria tests came back negative.

Residents no longer need to avoid bodily contact, though water fixtures should be flushed for 10 minutes before bathing or showering.

Until additional tests prove the water is safe for consumption, Alameda Point water should not be used for cooking.

Additionally, the water should not be given to animals.

Water in the other parts of the city has not been affected, city officials said.

Free bottled water remains available for pick up at the Alameda Point Collaborative, 677 W. Ranger Avenue, for affected residents and businesses.

This water quality alert will not be lifted until the State Water Resources Control Board - Division of Drinking Water deems the water safe for drinking and bodily contact.

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