North Attleboro, Plainville issues boiling water notices after discovery of E. coli

                Two Massachusetts towns issued a boiling water notice Thursday after E. coli was detected in their routine water sampling kits, and North Attleboro officials said water samples collected Wednesday tested positive for E. coli, which was detected in the raw portion of the water system and a treatment facility that shares Where the city with Plainville.  Officials said the boiling water notice is still in effect for all those using public water, and will last until further notice.  All water used for cooking, drinking, brushing teeth, washing dishes, or preparing food should be boiled for at least one minute before use, or bottled water should be used as a substitute.  Water should also be disposed of from the public water system on or after Tuesday.  Pets should be given bottled water or boiled water that has been cooled.  Water from any appliance connected to a water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator, should not be used for pets while the water is boiling notification.  North Attleboro will distribute water in the Public Works Department garage at 240 Smith Street beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday.  Plainville will set up a water bottle pick-up location at DPW Arena at 29 West Beacon Street.  Thursday from 7 pm and from 8 am to 6 pm Friday and tomorrow and every day until the boiling water demand is raised.  The cause of the contamination is still unknown at this time.  Escherichia coli is a subgroup of the faecal coliform group.  There are many strains of E. coli, most of them are harmless, but some strains can cause disease.  coli symptoms can include diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headache or other symptoms.  These symptoms may pose greater health risks for infants, young children, the elderly, and people with severely weakened immune systems. 
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                <strong class="dateline">North Attleboro, Mass.  -</strong>                                             <p>Two Massachusetts towns issued a boiling water notice Thursday after E. coli bacteria were detected in routine water sampling sets.

North Attleboro officials said water samples collected Wednesday tested positive for E. coli, which was detected in the raw portion of the water system and the treatment facility the city shares with Plainville.

Officials said the boiling water notice is still in effect for all those using public water, and will last until further notice.

All water used for cooking, drinking, brushing teeth, washing dishes, or preparing food should be boiled for at least one minute before use, or bottled water should be used as a substitute.

Any ice, beverages, formula, or uncooked food prepared with water should also be removed from the public water system on or after Tuesday.

Pets should be given bottled water or boiled water that has been cooled. Water from any appliance connected to a water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator, should not be used for pets while the water is boiling notification.

North Attleboro will distribute water in the Public Works Department garage at 240 Smith Street beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Plainville is setting up a water bottle pick-up site at DPW Yard at 29 West Bacon St. It will be available from 3pm-7pm Thursday and 8am-6pm Friday and every day until the boiling water demand is lifted.

The cause of the contamination is still unknown at this time.

Escherichia coli is a subgroup of the faecal coliform group. There are many strains of E. coli, most of them are harmless, but some strains can cause disease.

coli symptoms can include diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headache or other symptoms. These symptoms may pose greater health risks for infants, young children, the elderly, and people with severely weakened immune systems.

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