Residents dealing with boil water advisory


SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — For a second night in a row, some residents of Narragansett and South Kingstown are under a boil water advisory.

Residents, a hospital, a local animal shelter and businesses are all among the roughly 38-thousand customers impacted.

According to the Department of Health, E.coli was detected in the water supply.  Now, people are being told to boil water or use bottled water for things such as drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, washing dishes and bathing children.

“We had it on hand so we didn’t even have to hit the markets, but I hear they’re kind of wiped out,” South Kingstown resident Bob Clendenen said.

The Narragansett Fire Department says it could be several days before the issue is resolved.  They posted an update to social media on Saturday afternoon.

“I don’t see that a couple of days is out of the ordinary, something like this anyway,” Clendenen said.

Not from Bob Clendenen’s house is South County Hospital.  A manager at the hospital tells Eyewitness News the facility is impacted and now using bottled water.

The same goes for the South County Animal Shelter where animals often arrive in vulnerable conditions and especially need clean water.

“They usually have a weakened immune system so the first thing we’re worried about is those weakened immune systems, are they gonna be the first ones to get sick,” shelter employee Amanda Nelson said.

On Friday, the shelter posted to Facebook asking for donations of bottled water.  By Saturday afternoon about fifty people had answered their call.

“I was actually very touched by how much people have come forward,” Nelson said.

Right now, state health officials say there have not been any illnesses related to the contaminated water.  

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