Water boil ordered for some Whately residents

WHATELY — About 100 Whately residents will have to boil their drinking water for the next few days.

The state Department of Environmental Protection has issued a boil order for Whately Water District residents due to traces of E. coli bacteria found in the drinking water on July 12.

The presence of the bacteria indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal waste. Contamination can occur when increased water run-off enters the drinking water after a heavy rain.

E. coli bacteria can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches and other symptoms.

Nicholas Jones, certified water operator for the water district, advised residents to boil water before consumption or to use bottled water to reduce a risk of exposure to bacteria.

He also warned residents to discard all ice, beverages, uncooked foods and formula made with tap water after July 10.

The water district began chlorination on July 13 as soon as it received the lab results indicating the bacteria’s presence.

The water district will inform residents when the boil order is lifted. But it anticipates solving the problem within a week.

The Whately Water District is a small community run water system serving about 100 people in the center of town. It is separate from the Whately Water Department which serves residents in the eastern part of town.

For more information, contact Jones at 413-665-7927.

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