A boil water order for Burlington, Massachusetts, was lifted Saturday after multiple tests confirmed there is no E. coli present in the town's water system.
The determination was made by Burlington's Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) following 37 confirmatory tests of samples taken throughout town, officials said in a release.
“We are confident that the town’s water is safe to drink and we thank the community for their patience while we worked to address these concerns,” DPW Director John Sanchez said.
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Residents may resume normal water usage once they have completed the following steps, Sanchez said:
- Residents should run their faucets for 10 minutes to clear out any built up water in their pipes
- Residents should dispose of ice and make ice twice using their refrigerator’s ice maker before using the ice
- Residents should remove and replace water filters
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E. coli was found Thursday in three of 11 samples from the town's drinking water, leading the DEP to issue the boil water order advising residents to not drink or use tap water without boiling it for a minute first.
E. coli can cause diarrhea, nausea, headaches, cramps, jaundice and fatigue, though those symptoms can also be caused by other illnesses. The town did not mention receiving any reports of illnesses associated with the bacteria.
It wasn't immediately clear what caused the contamination. Although residents no longer need to boil water before drinking or cooking, the DPW is continuing to work closely with the DEP.
Anyone who wants more information should visit the town's website or call the DPW at 781-270-1670.