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Plan on eating in Tacoma Mall area? Call first

January 11, 2013

TACOMA, Wash. - Because of a water main break on South Tacoma Way in the Nalley Valley area, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has advised restaurants to close if they observe sediment in their water.

Sediment in the water results in dirty water, meaning workers and guests can not wash their hands effectively and dishes cannot be properly cleaned.

“If restaurants experience water that doesn’t run clearly, they need to close,” said Rachel Knight, coordinator of the food program.

Health Department staff members are contacting restaurants in the area by phone and in person to help determine if they can operate safely.

The break occurred when a piece of the old Nalley Valley overpass fell at about 2 p.m. today, according to a Tacoma Public Utilities news release. “Tacoma Water will continue to assess the damage and fix the main as soon as possible,” the release stated.


Edie Jeffers, Communications Manager, (253) 798-2853 or (253) 405-6822,

Rachel Knight, Food Program Coordinator, (253) 798-6045 or (253) 377-5338,

About Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department: Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s mission is to safeguard and enhance the health of the communities of Pierce County. As part of its mission, the Health Department tackles known and emerging health risks through policy, programs and treatment in order to protect public health. Learn more at

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