Per Salem-Elm Ridge WSC State Water System, E. coli bacteria were found in Salem-Elm Ridge’s water supply on Nov. 11, 2016, and affects customers in the CR 208 and FM 1600 areas. Residents in those areas are advised to boil water before use.
Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute and let it cool before using. Bottled water is another option. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice.
Short-term effects from E. coli can include:
If a person begins experiences any of the above symptoms, medical attention may be necessary.
The system is currently taking corrective action and anticipates the issue being resolved within two days.
General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by bacteria and other disease-causing organisms are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
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