WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) -- Kent County Water Authority officials say a boil water order that was issued on Sunday will stay in effect for at least three days.
The Water Authority announced Sunday afternoon that total coli form and E. Coli bacteria have been found in the drinking water supply and exceed safe limits.
All consumers of the Kent County Water Authority and City of Warwick water consumers in Potowomut are being instructed to either boil water vigorously for one minute before using it for any reason, or to use bottled water instead.
Tim Brown, the Water Authority's general manager, told Eyewitness News that the boil water order must stay in effect until three consecutive samples test clean of any contamination. On Monday afternoon, the first set of test results came back clean.
"We have a couple more that we have to do," Tim Brown, the Water Authority's general manager, said. "We've already got another set into the lab... hopefully if they all come back clean, then maybe the state will let us release the boil water order."
- Anyone with questions can call the Water Authority at 401-821-9300 or visit the Kent County Water Authority web site: http://www.kentcountywater.org
Officials said that E. Coli was detected in repeat samples taken from a storage tank in the system on Friday, September 20. The tank has been isolated, and testing will continue daily until the system has been cleared of contamination.
The Rhode Island Health Department recommends that water used or drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, cooking, or bathing infants should be boiled. The Water Authority estimates roughly 25,000 customers and 80,000 people are impacted by this advisory.
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The Health Department also recommends restaurants and food handlers in the affected area to use bottled or boiled water and purchased ice for food preparation. School children in the affected area should also bring bottled water with them.
The boil water order remains in effect until further notice for all Water Authority customers, including those in West Warwick, Coventry, East Greenwich, Warwick, Cranston, Scituate, and West Greenwich.
However, residents of Cranston's Oaklawn section and Brookfield Plat in West Warwick are not under a boil water order. The area in West Warwick not under a boil order includes:
- Alden Drive
- Brookdale Drive
- Street Nos. 3 through 61 Crossland Road
- W. W. Bambino Baseball Field - Crossland Road
- Enfield Drive
- Fernwood Drive
- Glendale Drive
- Hopedale Drive
- Janet Drive
- Linden Drive
- Maryland Drive
- Maywood Drive
- Midway Drive
- Oakland Drive
- Overhill Drive
- Street Nos. 855 through 1027 on Providence Street
- Shortway Drive
- Steven Drive
- Suncrest Drive
- Woodland Drive
A water quality specialist from the town of North Kingstown contacted Eyewitness News, stressing that customers of the North Kingstown Water Department do not need to boil their water.
Officials say E. Coli and total coli form are generally not harmful themselves but indicate the possible presence of sewage or animal waste in the water. E. Coli bacteria can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, and headaches.
The source of the present bacteria is currently under investigation. The Rhode Island Health Authority expects the advisory to be in place for a minimum of four days.
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