IMPORTANT DRINKING WATER WARNING
To all Wilkinsonville Water District Water Users
BOIL YOUR WATER BEFORE USING
Wilkinsonville Water District water is contaminated with E. coli.
Wilkinsonville Water District is located in Sutton, MA.
Coliform bacteria and E. coli bacteria were found in water samples collected on January 6, 2009. These bacteria can make you sick, and are of particular concern for people with weakened immune systems. Eight repeat samples were immediately collected today, January 9, 2009 after the District was notified of the initial sample results. Results for these samples will be ready tomorrow, January 10, 2009.
What should I do?
- DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
- Fecal coliforms and E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.
- The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800) 426-4791. Also, see attached MassDEP fact sheet.
What happened? What is being done?
Bacterial contamination can occur when increased run-off enters the drinking water source (for example, following heavy rains). It can also happen due to a break in the distribution system (pipes) or a failure in the water treatment process.
A temporary chlorination system has been installed and is currently disinfecting the water system. The District has also disinfected the water storage tank in an effort to quickly resolve this situation. You may temporarily notice a slight discoloration and a chlorine odor to your water. Aquarium owners and users of kidney dialysis machines are advised to treat or filter the water before use. Further sampling is being conducted and we will inform you when tests show no bacteria and you no longer need to boil your water.
For more information, please contact Jeanne MacDonald at (508) 865-006. For additional updates on the status of the Boil Water Order visit www.suttonma.org.
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
This notice is being sent to you by Wilkinsonville Water District. PWS ID#: 2290014.
Date distributed: January 9, 2009.