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UPDATE: Boil water alert rescinded for Atlantic Beach

3:42 PM, Sep 10, 2013   |    comments
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UPDATE, 9/10/13 4:30 p.m.: The boil water notice has been rescinded for Atlantic Beach. According to a release from Utility Director Donna Kaluzniak, testing has determined no E. coli was present in the drinking water system.

"In response to comments from citizens, the City will be reviewing and improving our notification procedure for water issues and other emergencies. In addition we will be working to ensure our testing laboratories provide quick and diverse notification to us for any potential problems," Kaluzniak wrote in a release.

If there are additional questions, contact Kaluzniak at dkaluzniak@coab.us or (904) 270-2535.


Earlier version of the story below:

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- The City of Atlantic Beach has issued a boil water advisory after E. coli was found in one of the city's water supply wells on Sept. 3.

The following information was provided by the city in a release:

What happened? What is being done?
• The treatment plant served by the well has been taken offline.
• Physical inspection of the well revealed no problems.
• Additional samples have been taken for testing to confirm whether a problem exists.

BOIL YOUR WATER BEFORE USING
E. coli bacteria were found in the one of the City's supply wells on September 3, 2013. These bacteria can make you sick and are a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems.
• The bacteria were found in supply well water that subsequently goes through the treatment process, including disinfection with chlorine, so it is likely that the bacteria were killed.
• Tests taken on the distribution system on the same day and the next day were all clear of bacteria.

However, it is important to ensure everyone's safety:
• 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 diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, 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.

We will inform you when test show no bacteria and you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem within two days.

For more information, please contact Harry McNally, Plants Division Director at (904) 247-5838 or hmcnally@coab.us, or contact the Department of Environmental Protection, Potable Water Section at 904-256-1637. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

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