• Kurt Ward

Burlington Issues “Boil Water Notice” Because of Evidence of Bacteria

The City of Burlington issued a boil water notice yesterday, calling on people from several cities and towns in Alamance County to boil their water before using. The boiling is necessary because E.Coli/Fecal coliform bacteria was found in the City of Burlington Water System. The bacteria was discovered from a routine sampling of an outdoor residential spigot Wednesday.

This appears to be an isolated incident, as the water system both upstream and downstream from the spigot did not show bacteria; however, city officials are not taking chances.

E coli / fecal coliform bacteria can cause illness, including severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. Those with a weakened immune system are especially at risk.

Water customers in the following towns and cities are affected and should boil their drinking water until further notice: Burlington, Elon, Gibsonville, Whitsett, Haw River, Ossipee, and the Village of Alamance.

If you get your city water from any of these sources, you should use bottled water or boiled water for drinking and brushing your teeth until further notice.

The cities of Graham and Mebane are NOT under the boil notice.

The boil notice will be in place until further notice. City officials are estimating that the notice will be in affect through Sunday, but that is an estimate.

The boil notice caused approximately 800 businesses in Alamance County to shut down. The businesses that were affected by the water situation are those that are typically inspected by the Alamance County Health Department. That includes restaurants, tattoo parlors, and nail salons that use tap water. Convenience stores also closed their coffee stations.

Area restaurants are expected to remain closed until the boil water notice is lifted.

For more information, visit www.BurlingtonNC.gov/water.

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