NJ town warns residents to boil water after E. coli found

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Bloomfield Water Department issued a warning to residents to boil their water supply before using it. (Getty Images)

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. (PIX11) — Residents in a New Jersey city are being urged to boil their water until further notice after E. coli was found in the public supply.

The warning comes after the Bloomfield Water Department found  E. coli in water samples collected on July 7, city officials said Friday. This bacteria can cause sickness and is of particular concern for those with weakened immune systems.

Bloomfield residents must now boil their water as officials work to solve the issue.

Below are tips from the Bloomfield Water Department:

  • Bring all water to a boil and 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 bacteria kills bacteria and other organisms.

The presence of fecal coliforms and E. coli indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes.

Those microbes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea and headaches, among other symptoms. E. coli poses an especial health risk for infants, young children and people with severely compromised immune systems.

If any of these symptoms persist, you should seek medical attention.

Corrective actions by water officials include chlorinating, flushing, additional sampling and assessing the Bloomfield system as well as investigating sampling procedures, residual disinfectant level and source water quality.

Bloomfield Water Department will alert residents when they no longer have to boil their water.