Some Whately residents asked to boil water or buy bottled water
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WHATELY — About 100 residents in town center who get their water from the Whately Water District are being asked to boil their water or obtain bottled water due to the presence of E. coli bacteria.
A test of a sample Thursday indicated the presence of total coliform bacteria, and the following day four additional samples indicated total coliform bacteria in each, as well as E. coli bacteria in one sample.
The concern is that E. coli can make people sick and is a potential concern for anyone with a weakened immune system, leading the state Department of Environmental Protection to issue the boil water order for the district, which is separate from the Whately Water Department that serves residents in the western part of town.
According to a memo from Nicholas Jones, the certified water operator for the district, “we are advising all customers to boil the water prior to consumption or to use bottled water to reduce any potential risk of exposure to bacterial or viral contamination.”
Chlorination began Saturday and once subsequent tests confirm no bacteria, the boil order will be lifted. This is expected within a week.