Water Boil Mandate in Fair Haven, Vt. After E. Coli Found

Residents of Fair Haven, Vt., have been advised to boil tap water before consuming it after the town’s water supply tested positive for E. coli, according to WPTZ.

Fair Haven Town Manager Herb Durfee issued a statement with instructions:

“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.”

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The statement also said that E. coli are a bacteria that “indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes.”

E. coli can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms, according to the release. The good news for Fair Haven residents is that town officials “anticipate resolving the problem within 24-48 hours.”