- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BEND, Ore. (AP) - More than 21,000 city of Bend water customers are receiving notices in the mail that the city failed to meet an Oct. 1 state deadline to treat the water for a parasite called cryptosporidium.

City officials say the water is as safe as ever, but it has to notify customers because a $32 million water filtration plant won’t go online until early 2016.

KTVZ reports (http://bit.ly/1teEnvm ) the notices are required under an agreement with the Oregon Health Authority.

The parasite can cause gastrointestinal illness. It has been detected on occasion in Bend’s water but there have been no outbreaks.

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Information from: KTVZ-TV, http://www.ktvz.com/

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