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Clayton Water Customers Told to Boil Water

Posted June 19, 2007
Updated June 20, 2007

— Clayton officials issued a boil-water advisory to all town water customers Tuesday afternoon after tests revealed coliform bacteria in the water.

Until further notice, people should boil water for one minute to kill any disease-causing organisms, officials said. They also recommended that children less than 6 months old and pregnant women use bottled water because boiling concentrates any nitrates that are in the water.

Total coliform bacteria generally are not harmful, officials said, but their presence indicates that other, harmful bacteria might have got into the water.

Water should be boiled for all human uses, they said, including hand-washing.

Town officials confirmed that they had known Monday of the results showing bacteria in two of 15 regular testing locations. They said they thought of using a phone-tree notification system, but they conferred with state officials Tuesday and were told they should use a media alert instead, they said.

It was unclear why the announcement was delayed until about 5 p.m. Tuesday

Officials said they had flushed water lines and taken more samples Tuesday and were hoping that results on Wednesday would show the warning could be lifted.

At the Skylines Café in Clayton, the alert created one more challenge on a busy night Tuesday.
Boiled drinking water was chilling in the freezer, and boiled water for hand-washing was in a container in the restrooms.

Owner Tina Bolick said she heard the news just in time.

“It could affect my business in a harmful way. People could come back and say, ‘You served all this water we didn't know what was going on,’” Bolick said.

“I think communication could've been better,” she said.

Customer Christina Bagley said she was not very worried.

“I am a big water drinker. I think the problem will resolve itself,” she said. “I've already had three glasses tonight. If it's going to get me, it's going to get me.”


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  • Centurian Jun 20, 2007

    My coffee has never tasted better!

    Perhaps the boil water notice is a ruse intended to persuade water users to reduce their consumption in the face of mandatory conservation directives currently in effect that are being generally ignored by everyone. We’ll know for sure if they tell us next that the water will kill our lawns and peel the paint off of automobiles!

  • yep Jun 20, 2007

    What do you think now ladyblue? You can still "pray" your deathwish on me though.

  • Nicsnanni Jun 20, 2007

    so, where is my discount on my water bill? hahahahha....what a scam the Town of Clayton runs with there utilities!!!!!!!

  • whatsupwiththat Jun 20, 2007

    I called Aqua too. Different source, no danger, no need to boil.

  • ladyblue Jun 20, 2007

    I can't find the post I wrote about how Clayton has a lot of issues with it's water the last few years. Each explanation later on is someone accidently let sewage into the water supply. If this is the reason this time I personaly will be contacting the mayor. Someone needs to fire the ones handling the sewage area for this town. They have the phone tree for the times the city cuts off our water so I don't know why they couldn't do it this time. I'd rather they cut my water off than let me use it for 2 days, not knowing it was nasty. If it hadn't been for the computer, I'd not known until the news came on TV, which I seldom watch.The post blalming us for over populating clayton causing this they should have purchased all the land in clayton in the old days and we wouldn't be living here. Otherwise if the people sell we have the right to buy. The city has the responsibility to give us clean water and it's time they find out why this happens so often.

  • ladyblue Jun 20, 2007

    poorkchop I wish you well when you so smartly risked your life for e-coli. If that is what you want to get I'll pray for you tonight to make sure you get the deadly infection you want. E coli is nothing to wish on oneself unless there are mental problems involved and suicidal.

  • Eaglekeeper Jun 20, 2007

    I just got off of the phone with Aqua NC customer service. This biol water advisory DOES NOT affect those customers. Believe me or call them yourselves. The number is 919-467-7854. Drink away!

  • yep Jun 20, 2007

    I wonder if I need to boil the water before watering my lawn? I'll be back later, going to take my dog a big bucket of boiled water. I must sayy, after taking my morning shower, I have developed some golf ball size blisters on my body. I have just emailed my boss to see if he will let me leave work (shh, going to play golf).

  • Spring Jun 20, 2007

    Looks like this is affecting lots of people. My friend's school is closed for today and possibly tomorrow due to the water issues....wonder if all the other places are going to close that are on City water? EEEWWW... I was just thinking about all the dentists in that area. "Rinse...and whatever you do, don't swallow".

  • pinkluxe Jun 20, 2007

    I can say finding out about the water has given me some comfort(let me explain!) Both my husband and I have not been feeling like ourselves for a little over a week. Anything we eat doesn't agree with us. Neither of us have stomache issues, but every day we have had mild symptoms of food poisoning. I wonder if this has anything to do with it...at least it has given me a reason why we feel bad.
    They say total coliform isn't the harmful part of this contamination. What they haven't mentioned is if they have tested for fecal coliform or e-coli. Both are sub-groups of total coliform, if one of those is found to be the reason total coliform is present, well, it's not good.
    And I don't know about the rest of you, but if boiling water isn't good enough for pregnant women or infants, then I am not sure I really want to drink it! All I want is them to tell us on a scale from 1-10, just how bad this is. I want to know if taking a shower probably will or won't harm me. Ugh. This stinks.