Buckeye residents asked to boil water due to contamination
BUCKEYE, Ariz. -
On Friday, residents in Buckeye were asked to boil their water after their water provider discovered E. Coli in two water samples.
Earlier this week, Valencia Water Company's drinking water tested positive for coliform during routine testing. Additional samples were tested, in accordance with regulations, and two of those samples showed the presence of E. Coli.
The company has issued a boil water advisory and say they are working on fixing the problem.
Several restaurants in Buckeye have closed up shop.
By Saturday afternoon, Valencia Water Company had resolved the problem and the boil order was lifted. VWC says the bacteria is no longer present in their drinking water.
What should I do?
- DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, 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 kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
- E. Coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause short term effects such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, and people with severely compromised immune systems.
- The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
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