October 23, 2016

Three People Sick In San Jose, CA; E. coli in Water

Three people have become ill in a part of north San Jose, California after E. coli bacteria was detected in the water. The San Jose Water Company has issued a "boil water" notice to residents of 300 homes in the area. The symptoms of an E. coli infection include diarrhea, which may be watery and/or bloody, severe stomach cramps, vomiting, and a mild fever. If you live in this area and have experienced these symptoms, please see a doctor immediately. An E. coli infection can lead to serious complications, including hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) that can destroy the kidneys. The bacteria was found in a water main that services 300 homes on Lisbon Drive, Lisbon Court, Madrid Drive, Madrid Court, Sydney Drive, Sydney Court, and Rowley Drive. If your home is affected, you should have … [Read more...]

Boil Water Order for E. coli Lifted For Mercer Island, WA

The boil water advisory for E. coli in the City of Mercer Island, Washington has been lifted as of  October 8, 2014. Restaurants can reopen after speaking directly with a Health Inspector and following step by step procedures. Residents should flush their water systems at home. Follow these steps: flush pipes for five minutes by running the cold water tap at all faucets. If you live in a multi-level house, start at the top of the house. If the water is discolored, run water until it is clear. You may notice a strong chlorine smell - this is not harmful and shows that disinfected water has reached the house. The smell will abate if left to stand in a pitcher. Follow manufacturer's instructions for appliances such as water softeners and filters. Throw away ice from automatic ice-makers; … [Read more...]

Mercer Island, WA Still Under Boil Water Advisory

The City of Mercer Island, Washington has issued another statement on the boil water advisory in place for E. coli found in the water supply. Officials have set a timeline for ending the advisory. For the fifth day in a row, all of the latest water-sample tests are clear. But one child has been diagnosed with an E. coli O157:H7 infection. Lab tests are still pending to see if this illness is linked to the water supply problem or is the result of exposure to another source such as contaminated meat, raw milk, or feces. Mayor Bruce Bassett said, "We know this incident has been challenging, and we thank Islanders for their patience, as well as star and partner agencies. At this point, we are all eager to see life return to normal, but our first priority is protecting the health of our … [Read more...]

Another Boil Water Advisory for E. coli in Mercer Island, Washington

Another boil water advisory has been issued by Mercer Island, Washington officials because E. coli and coliform bacteria were found in the city's water. The city was under a boil water advisory last weekend that was lifted on Monday, September 29, 2014. On Thursday, October 2, 2014 another order was issued. All water customers on the Island should boil water before drinking or using in cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or use bottled water. Bring water to a full boil and boil for at least 1 minute. Dishwashers can be used only with the sanitizing/heat cycle and commercial dishwashing detergent. Hand wash dishes only if you do a final rinse in a diluted bleach solution. If you use the water for bathing, do not let children and babies get water in their mouths or chew on wet … [Read more...]

Mercer Island, Washington E. coli Boil Water Advisory Lifted

The City of Mercer Island, Washington was under a boil water advisory this weekend. Seattle Public Utilities, the City's water supplier tests the water every month. The advisory was lifted this morning at 8:45 a.m. The Mercer Island School District decided to close school today to sanitize its systems. City crews will continue to inspect system facilities and to monitor the system. Engineers were not able to identify a source of the contamination. All samples taken from the water reservoirs on the Island were clean. No increase in gastrointestinal illnesses have been reported, and no confirmed cases of E. coli were linked to the City's water. All food establishments on the Island were told to suspend operations until the boil water advisory was lifted. All owners of food … [Read more...]

E. coli in Portland Oregon Water System Leads to Boil Notice

The Portland Water Bureau issued a Boil Water Notice to all of its customers on May 23, 2014 after E. coli was found in the drinking water supply. The affected areas include Portland Water Bureau, Burlington, City of Gresham north of I-84, Lake Grove, Lorna Portland, Palatine HIll, Rockwood, Tigard Water Service Area (including Durham, King City and Bull Mountain), Valley View, and West Slope Water Districts. The number of people affected by this notice is about 670,000. Water samples taken at three locations tested positive for E. coli over a three day period. They were collected at the outlets of Mount Tabor Reservoirs 1 and 5, and at the SE 2nd Avenue and Salmon Street water sampling station. Those reservoirs have been taken offline. All customers should boil all tap water used … [Read more...]

Broward County, Florida Issues Boil Notice for E. coli in Water

Broward County has issued a boil water notice for its water customers, since E. coli has been found in the municipal system. The cities affected by this notice include the City of Dania Beach, the City of Hallandale Beach, the City of Hollywood, and Broward County WWS customers in service area 3A and 3BC. That affects parts of Dania Beach, Hollywood, Miramar, West Park, Pembroke Park, and Pembroke Pines including the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Do not drink the water without boiling it first. Bring all water, including the water you use to wash your hands and use in the kitchen, to a rolling boil. Let it boil for one minute, then let it cool before using it. Bottled water can be used instead of tap water if you prefer. Only use boiled or bottled water for drinking, … [Read more...]

E.coli In Aberdeen SD Drinking Water Prompts Boil Water Advisory

E.coli levels in the drinking water supply for the city of Aberdeen, SD have reached dangerous levels, prompting city officials to issue a boil water advisory. Aberdeen residents should not drink tap water without boiling it first. Before it is safe to drink, the water needs to boil for a full minute. "Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice," the advisory states. Boiling kills E.coli and other dangerous bacteria that cause serious, sometimes life-threatening illness. Most at risk are small children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of an E.coli infection include abdominal cramps, diarrhea that is sometimes bloody, nausea and headaches. … [Read more...]

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