Bulletin Staff Report

Avion Water Co. has told Bend area customers who live east of Knott Road and 15th Street to boil their water before drinking it.

A loss of water pressure in the distribution system on Wednesday means that potentially harmful bacteria could be in the drinking water, according to a notice from Avion. A damaged pipe involved in the problem has been repaired and thoroughly flushed, but Avion said it plans to test the water and should know if it has resolved the problem within 24 to 36 hours.

“If these bacteria are present, they could make you sick, and are a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems,” the notice reads. “The affected area is limited, but if you have received this notice directly from your water provider, you are in the affected area.”

Customers are advised to bring water to a rolling boil and continue boiling it for one minute. Allow the water to cool before using and store the cooled water in a clean container with a cover, the company said.

Boiled water should be used for drinking, brushing your teeth, washing fruits and vegetables, preparing food and baby formula, making ice and cleaning surfaces where food will be placed, Avion said.

For more information, go to avionwater.com or contact Jason Wick, president at Avion Water,

541-382-5342 or jason@avionwater.com .