Boil order lifted for water co.

Tribune staff report

A boil order for Lukins Brothers Water Co. customers in South Lake Tahoe was lifted on Wednesday evening.

“We are pleased to report that the problem has been corrected and that it is no longer necessary to drink boiled or bottled water,” the company said in a notice to its 963 customers. “We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.”

The boil order was put in place by California Department of Public Health on Thursday, Nov. 14 after routine sampling of the company’s water system tested positive for total coliform bacteria.

They were the first positive tests for total coliform in the company’s 66-year history, company spokeswoman Jennifer Lukins said. All of the water system samples tested negative for E. coli and all of the company’s water sources tested negative for both total coliform and E. coli.

Lukins Brothers Water Company has elected to continue chlorinating its water system for the foreseeable future as a preventative measure.

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