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No bacteria found in water supply

February 22, 2013

LOS ANGELES — No traces of disease-causing bacteria were found in the water supply of the Cecil Hotel where authorities discovered the body of a Canadian tourist earlier in the week, according to the Los Angeles Times.

cecil hotel water supply testedOn Tuesday, a do-not-drink order was put in place and is expected to be in place through the weekend until the L.A. County Department of Public Health determines that the water is suitable for drinking purposes, the article stated.

According to the article, health officials have tested for disease-causing coliforms at various points inside the 15-story hotel.

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"The tests came back negative, meaning that if they were in the water they are no longer viable. They could've been in there, but they're no longer viable, meaning they're dead," said Angelo Bellomo, director of environmental health.

The Cecil Hotel is expected to drain and flush its tanks and water lines before sanitizing them, which could take two to three days, after which the Department of Public Health has to conduct another series of tests before it is deemed the water is safe to drink, the article noted.

Residents who have remained in the hotel are being provided with bottled water and are required to sign a waiver each time they enter the hotel, the article added.

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