More Bottled Water to be Handed Out Saturday as Boil Water Order Remains

The boil water order will remain in place in Wenham through at least Sunday after tests from Thursday came back showing total coliform bacteria in the water.

Wenham moved closer to lifting its boil water order on Friday but it will remain in place at least through the weekend.

All 13 water tests from Thursday came back negative for E. coli but one was positive for total coliform bacteria – will remain at least through Sunday.

That was the word late Friday from Wenham Water Superintendent Erik Mansfield, who said a state official was also in Wenham on Friday to help in identifying the source of the contamination. The exaat source of the contamination remains unknown.

The 1,100 customers on the Wenham Water Department system are being advised to boil the water for at least a minute before use.

A boil water order was put in place on Tuesday afternoon when two water tests came back positive for E. coli. The but one test came back positive for E. coli on Wednesday.

While Thursday’s tests did not show the presence of E. coli, the one positive reading for total coliform bacteria – which is the first sign that there is a possibility of E. coli in the water – is enough the keep the boil water in place.

The state Department of Environmental Protection requires two straight days of negative tests before the boil water order can be lifted.

“We will be continuing to sample on Saturday and those samples will be brought to the lab as early as possible,” Mansfield said. “If the results from (Friday’s) samples and (Saturday’s) samples are clean, MassDEP could lift the boil order as soon as soon as Sunday afternoon.”

The Wenham Water Department also . The town mechanic helped with handing out 280 cases of water to Wenham water customers at the at the Iron Rail property on Grapevine Road.

Another 150 cases remain to be handed out between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Wren523 October 08, 2011 at 12:40 PM
Once water is ok, how long do we have to let water in pipes run out till e coli water is dispensed?
Jim October 08, 2011 at 04:03 PM
I'm getting very tired of this. No one knows what caused it. No one knows how to prevent it. It's taking them forever to fix it. They throw a couple of token bottles of water at us and that's suppose to make it okay. One woman had to go to the hospital and her doctor asked her what the E. Coli count was, she called the Town, they didn't know. This is taking longer to correct than any other towns that have gone through this. What's to keep this from happening again next week. They can keep their bottles of water, they should cancel our water bill for this cycle. I've had to go out and buy a lot of bottle water to get through this fiasco. Again, it's just more of the same incompentence with zero accountabiltiy. No one knows anything. Watching these people work is like going ot the circus and watching the 15 clowns get out of the tiny car. .
Robert Gates October 08, 2011 at 04:21 PM
The bottled water is all gone, as of 11:15 a.m.


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