More water tests scheduled at Ken's Korner

Businesses at Ken's Korner shopping mall in Clinton will have to use bottled and boiled water for another day. Additional tests of the water system from five different sites will be sent to a lab today with results on Thursday.

"It takes about 18 hours for the results to come in," said Susie King of King Water management of Coupeville, which manages the Ken's Korner water system.

"This additional testing is a precautionary measure we are doing so that we can be sure the system is 100 percent clean," King said.

A July 18 sampling of the water in the system used by the businesses tested positive for e-coli bacteria. The sample was tested during a routine monthly screening. As soon as the results were known by King Water, "boil water" notices were faxed and phoned to businesses on the system.

A second test of three other sites was completed Friday, and the results showed that they were clean.

The original test site -- an unused faucet outside a building -- tested positive for the bacteria again Saturday. This is not e-coli 0157, the type associated with the contaminated meat served by Jack in the Box restaurants several years ago. The other sites re-tested included the well, the reservoir and an area near Les Schwab, because it is the farthest building on the site. All of those tests were clean.

"Safety is most important, so we are testing five more sites on the system just to make sure everything is OK," said King.

She said she will be visiting business owners individually when the results come back Thursday.

Businesses including the Red Apple Grocery Store, Trattoria Giuseppe Restaurant and The Pizza Factory were notified immediately and began boiling water, using bottled water and purchasing ice rather than making it.

"For that reason, the boil water order stays in effect for a couple more days," King said.

King Water manages 140 wells on Whidbey Island.

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