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Burlington DPW: Treatment for E. Coli Has Begun, Should be Normal in Two Days

Treatment has begun following a positive test of E. coli in Burlington's water supply.

Burlington's Department of Public Works reported this afternoon that treatment has begun on the town's water supply .

Lisa Matarazzo of the town's Engineering Department said residents should avoid consuming tap water until further notice, but said treatment has begun and the town's water should be safe to drink in two days. Residents will be alerted when the town's water is safe again.

The restriction includes all tap water, either for drinking or for hygienic activities such as teeth brushing. Also, any drink mixes, baby formulas, ice cubes or other uncooked items made with Burlington tap water after Sept. 20 should be discarded. Though the test results came in today, Matarazzo explained, tests are conducted weekly so to be safe residents should avoid using any water since the last week's test.

Residents are advised to boil water for at least one minute or to use bottled water for consumption. Water filters are not sufficient by themselves as they do not remove trace E. coli, Matarazzo said.

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Janet Hurley September 27, 2011 at 11:26 AM
Was wondering why we were only told yesterday, when they knew since the 20th?
trexdad September 27, 2011 at 12:49 PM
As the article explains: "Though the test results came in today, Matarazzo explained, tests are conducted weekly so to be safe residents should avoid using any water since the last week's test." Maybe the water should be tested more frequently than once a week. I also wonder if anyone has been ill because of this.
SB September 27, 2011 at 12:51 PM
They did not know since the 20th. The test on 20th passed and the one on 28th failed. So the water "went bad" sometime between the 20th and 28th. And to be safe they ask to discard all items from 20th onwards.

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