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Water Boil Advisory Continues in Wyalusing


Water Boil Advisory Issued in Wyalusing

The Wyalusing Municipal Authority issued a water boil advisory today following testing that found the borough’s water is contaminated with total and fecal coliforms. E. Coli bacteria were found in the water supply in testing conducted on August 5, 2011. The water boil advisory was issued today, August 9.

According to an information sheet issued by the municipal authority, E.Coli bacteria can make people sick and are a particular concern for those with weakened immune systems.

Residents are being advised not to drink the water without boiling it first. Water should be boiled for at least one minute and allowed to cool before using. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and for food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

The presence of coliforms and E. Coli indicates that the water many be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these bacteria can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms. They may pose special health risks for infants, young children, some of the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems.  If you experience any of these symptoms, which can also be caused by other things, and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.

It is not known what caused the problem with Wyalusing’s water, but the municipal authority advisory indicates that it could be due to increased run off entering the water source, a break in the distribution source or a failure in the water treatment process.

Borough officials are working with DEP to resolve the problem and checking the chlorination system. More samples are also being taken

For more information please contact Wayne Felter or Tom Miller ant 746-1707.


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