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The mudslides up the Skagit River in recent days is causing the river to become extremely dirty, and since that’s the source of Anacortes’ drinking water, the city water treatment plant has taken steps to treat the water. 

Public Works Director Fred Buckenmeyer, in a news release, said “Some of our more sensitive customers might detect a slight chemical and metallic taste. Please be assured the water is safe to drink and use.”

City Water Treatment Plant Manager Jamie LeBlanc says the city is is adding aluminum sulfate to the water because of all the mud that has slid into the river upstream from the treatment plant in the riverbend area of Mount Vernon. He said the city will continue the treatment until the water quality improves

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,586 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

288 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
35,476 Fully Vaccinated
50,348 Initial Doses Given


357,122 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,368 Hospitalizations

5,380 Deaths Statewide
1,830,811 Fully Vaccinated
2,748,811 Initial Doses Given

Updated 8 pm, April 16, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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