SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — After five days of a boil water advisory in parts of South County, the health department said affected customers will have to rely on bottled or boiled water until at least Saturday.
The boil water advisory was issued last week after E. coli bacteria was detected in five public water systems, affecting approximately 38,000 customers.
The advisory is still in effect for parts of Narragansett and South Kingstown. The affected counties have had to rely on bottled or boiled water since Aug. 31.
In order for the advisory to be lifted, health officials must have clean, bacteria-free samples of water for three days consecutively. The health department has continued to sample the water in each of the affected areas since the advisory was enacted.
The fire station where residents can fill bottles with clean water has been moved from the Kingston Fire Station to the West Kingston Park on Kingstown Road. The station will be open to residents from 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m.
The source of the contamination remains under investigation by the health department.
Jessica Pace and Julianne Lima contributed to this report.