City awaits word on water supply fouled by owl



PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Residents in the small northeast Oregon town of Weston will have to wait until Monday to see whether E. coli bacteria has been removed from the city’s water supply.

Police blamed an owl that built a home above the city’s water for making the water supply unsafe to drink.

Sgt. Joshua Henningsen says the city is working with the Oregon Drinking Water Program to conduct more tests

Henningsen says E. coli bacteria was found during a regular test on Tuesday.

Employees searched and found the owl nest. Henningsen says the owl has been defecating in the water.

The officer advised residents Thursday to boil their water or drink bottled water.

The East Oregonian says the city has added chlorine to the water to kill the bacteria.


Information from: East Oregonian,