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Boil water order? Tigard once went through it on Thanksgiving eve

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When the Portland Water Bureau issued a citywide boil water order on Friday, plenty of people in Tigard probably had a flashback to Thanksgiving 2012.

On the day before the holiday that year, the city of Tigard issued a boil water advisory after possible bacterial contamination was discovered.

Tests and samples showed possible human or animal waste in the water system.

It prompted a run on bottled water at grocery stores before family and friends arrived for the Thanksgiving feast.

"Bad timing - that's what went through my head. Bad timing," customer Lance Grow told Fox 12 in 2012. "We've got little kids in the house, too, and have got a lot of people coming over so we've got to be careful."

About 57,000 customers were affected. The boil water order ended at 8:15 a.m. Thanksgiving morning.

In July of that year, a routine test came back positive for bacterial contamination in a Washington Park reservoir. The Portland Water Bureau drained 50 million gallons and issued a boil water notice.

It had a big impact on business for many Portland restaurants. On a beautiful summer weekend, some had to briefly close down.

"It's the iced waters, the iced teas, the sodas, the glasswares, the cooking," a restaurant worker told Fox 12 in July 2012. "I mean, all the vegetables we had washed and were in use had to be thrown away or rewashed later so we could trust that we weren't feeding people anything unsafe."

A much smaller-scale boil water order was issued in southwest Portland in November 2013.

The Portland Water Bureau advised about 570 customers to boil their water after work on a pipe led to the loss of pressure for some homes.

A loss of pressure in the water system could have allowed contaminants that can cause illnesses to enter the system without being treated.

A day later, the water was deemed safe to drink.

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