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Boil-water advisory issued for Smithfield

Posted June 29, 2010
Updated June 30, 2010

— Smithfield has been placed under an advisory ordering residents to boil water, because testing of water samples detected the presence of coliform bacteria, officials said.

Coliform bacteria aren't dangerous, but are an indicator that other, potentially harmful bacteria might be present.

Residents should boil all water used for human consumption, such as drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, making ice and washing hands. Boiling water for at least one minute should kill the bacteria.

Spokesman Lu Hickey said that the Johnston County Public Utilities Department stopped buying water from Smithfield after the advisory was issued, so county retail and bulk customers are not affected. An advisory is not in effect for the Glad Acres and Maple Wood Run subdivisions, Hickey said.


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  • CestLaVie Jun 30, 2010

    Amen, redneck. When the water lines were sold to all residents beyond the city, we refused to pay to tap on. When they were being dug & installed, we still refused. Don't know how much we are in the minority of all local residents who refused also, but we've always used only our well water. We never water our lawn, rarely water outdoor flowers. Some is used for our small backyard garden, but most is for indoor use. Even in extreme drought times, we've been ok I think, because we've applied conservation measures when necessary. Now, we also distill our tap water for drinking & cooking, so few worries as to problems such as mentioned in this article. Ya gotta do what's best for you....all the time.

  • johnstonredneck Jun 30, 2010

    Shhh the rewards of living in the country and having well water. All city water is, is somebody up the river's recycled sewer water.