City water safe to consume in Athena

The city water in Athena, Oregon tests negative for total coliform bacteria.  It is no longer required to boil your water prior to consumption.

The problem started Friday when a company replacing a water main had problems switching over to a new line and the pressure dropped.

That drop in pressure could have allowed harmful bacteria to grow.

Crews flushed the system and since then, several tests have been conducted.

City officials estimate the city’s water system serves about 450 customers.