Wealthy Seattle suburb ordered to boil water over E. coli; no one sickened on Mercer Island

October 3, 2014 4:14 PM

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MERCER ISLAND, Wash. – Residents told to boil drinking water for the second time in a week because of E. coli contamination are awaiting new test results Friday in the Seattle suburb of Mercer Island — one of the wealthiest towns in Washington state whose residents include billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

The warning is unusual because most boil-water advisories hit small communities in rural areas. The city on an island in Lake Washington issued the second order Thursday after routine testing again turned up E. coli, and more than 60 businesses were told to close. An advisory last weekend was lifted...

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