Water in North Stonington potentially contaminated with E. coli

NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Residents in North Stonington are being warned not to drink the town’s water and to boil any water used for cooking or teeth brushing.

This warning comes after it was revealed the water may contain E. coli.

South Eastern Connecticut Water Authority ran routine tests on the water last week. The tests found traces of E. coli in the water as well as elevated levels of total coliform, another bacteria.  The water system was immediately disinfected.

“The first samples were taken on Tuesday and we got the results back on late Wednesday and we did the repeat samples on Thursday and got the results back late Friday,” said an official with the water company.

This morning many residents received phone alerts about the water advisory. Many residents who live in the affected area feel they should have been warned earlier.

“I just found out from you like five minutes ago,” said Jason Stock who first heard of the boil water order from News 8.

Stock just moved into the area and said he isn’t registered with the water company since he’s renting.

“It’s really not cool. I kind of think that the homeowner’s association or neighborhood should have let us know somehow, at least pop something in the mailbox,” said Stock.

A few streets over  Maureen Onorato heard about the contaminated water from a neighbor and called her husband at work to tell him.

“She called me and she said there’s E. coli and I said oh, my goodness cause you know that could be dangerous,” said Jim Onorato.

The couple doesn’t usually buy bottled water but today they did. They also threw out ice from trays in the freezer.

“I only drank a little in my coffee and I did bring water to work so hopefully it doesn’t affect me,” said Jim.

The water company said the E. coli most likely came from animal feces or a contaminated sample container. They didn’t alert the public because they didn’t feel it was an issue but after discussing the reports with the state decided to err on the side of caution.

 

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