Independence Issues Boil Water Notice

(Independence, OR) — The city of Independence, Oregon is issuing a boil water notice until further notice after a main waterline was struck by contractors performing work on C street.

4/5/2024, 9:00 AM update: WATER SAMPLES ARE TESTING; RESULTS EXPECTED TODAY: The city sent two water samples from the repaired waterline to be tested for drinkability yesterday afternoon. Test results typically take 24 hours to receive, so we expect to get an update later this afternoon. If the first test proves negative for contaminants, the boil water notice will be lifted for everyone besides a concentrated area around C Street. A second test was also issued to confirm the first findings, which, if found negative, will lift the boil water notice for the city at large soon after. The city will use our website, social media, the Marion-Polk Alert system, and the community to notify you of this change.

As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to ensure water is safe for our community.

Our public works crew is on the scene and working to resolve the issue. We will update you once we have more information.

What is a boil water notice, and what should I do when they are issued?

Boil water notices are typically issued when an unexpected condition has caused a potential for biological contamination of water in a public water system.

Here are a couple things to be aware of:

-Do Not Drink Tap Water Without Boiling it First or Drink Bottled Water

Bring all tap water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one full minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Store cooled water in a clean container with a cover.

-Use Boiled Water For: Drinking, brushing teeth, washing fruits and vegetables, cleaning food contact surfaces, preparing food and baby formula, and making ice. Boiling water kills bacteria and organisms that may be in the water.

Although a boil water notice is precautionary, residents and businesses should continue to follow the above guidelines until further notice. We will inform you when tests indicate water is safe to drink and you no longer need to boil water.

The city has received many messages regarding how folks can sign up for emergency notifications that send calls and messages directly to their phones and emails, especially those who are not on social media. Please take a moment, if you are not signed up already, to sign up for Marion-Polk Alerts and share it with your friends and family members. You can sign up and receive notifications at the link here:

Additionally, the city is reviewing how best to inform our residents during an event like this. We sincerely appreciate everyone’s role in notifying their friends, neighbors, and family to create a well-informed community.