Boil water order lifted in Mass. town 2 days after E. coli discovery
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Boil water order lifted in Mass. town 2 days after E. coli discovery

A boil water order in Burlington has been lifted two days after E. coli was discovered in water samples, according to town officials.The Burlington Department of Public Works tweeted shortly before 3:30 p.m. Saturday that all sites are clear and that the town’s water is safe to drink.The boil water order was first put in place Thursday after three of 11 water samples that went out for testing on Wednesday came back positive for E. coli. On Friday, the Burlington DPW said it was conducting re-sampling of the affected areas, as well as additional sampling town-wide in order to determine whether E. coli bacteria remained in the system.”These bacteria can make you sick and are a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems,” an alert on the town’s website said.The town’s police drone was used to ensure that all water tank hatches remain secure. Town officials say E. coli was discovered during routine testing of both the town water supply and the water that flows to Burlington from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. The MWRA water tested positive only in Burlington, according to officials.The boil water order was a minor inconvenience for some Burlington restaurants, but for other businesses, the impact was much more significant. We found signs on the door at Starbucks and Cold Stone Creamery telling customers the shops are closed. Dunkin’ had a sign saying no iced drinks were available. E. coli bacterial contamination 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.

A boil water order in Burlington has been lifted two days after E. coli was discovered in water samples, according to town officials.

The Burlington Department of Public Works tweeted shortly before 3:30 p.m. Saturday that all sites are clear and that the town’s water is safe to drink.

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The boil water order was first put in place Thursday after three of 11 water samples that went out for testing on Wednesday came back positive for E. coli.

On Friday, the Burlington DPW said it was conducting re-sampling of the affected areas, as well as additional sampling town-wide in order to determine whether E. coli bacteria remained in the system.

“These bacteria can make you sick and are a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems,” an alert on the town’s website said.

The town’s police drone was used to ensure that all water tank hatches remain secure.

Town officials say E. coli was discovered during routine testing of both the town water supply and the water that flows to Burlington from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. The MWRA water tested positive only in Burlington, according to officials.

The boil water order was a minor inconvenience for some Burlington restaurants, but for other businesses, the impact was much more significant. We found signs on the door at Starbucks and Cold Stone Creamery telling customers the shops are closed.

Dunkin’ had a sign saying no iced drinks were available.

Signs outside a Burlington, Massachusetts Dunkin location boil water order

E. coli bacterial contamination 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.

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