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Clayton Turns Taps Back On After Water Scare

Posted June 20, 2007

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— About 18 hours after issuing a boil-water order for local residents, Clayton officials said Wednesday morning that the town's water was once again safe to drink.

The boil-water order order came after tests revealed coliform bacteria in the water. Total coliform bacteria generally aren't harmful, officials said, but their presence indicates that other, harmful bacteria might have gotten into the water.

Follow-up tests on water samples collected late Tuesday after water lines were flushed came back negative, said Tim Simpson of Clayton Public Works, and state regulators agreed with town officials that residents could resume normal water use.

"Folks can resume their normal water use activities without any concern for public health and safety," Simpson said.

Town officials confirmed that they knew Monday of the results showing bacteria in two of 15 regular testing locations. It remains unclear why the boil-water order wasn't issued until about 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Simpson said the notice was a precaution, noting there might not have been any dangerous bacteria in the water.

"It's also possible the sample was contaminated inadvertently either during the collection, transit or analysis process," he said.

No businesses were ordered closed because of the boil-water order, but a few day-care centers and restaurants in town closed Wednesday as a precaution.

Becky Howden opened her coffee shop Wednesday morning and brought in bags of ice for cold drinks and bottled water to brew tea and coffee. Water contamination was the hot topic among customers, she said.

"I think there was a bit of confusion whether (people with) well water, they could use their water," Howden said.

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  • Lookelou Jun 20, 2007

    Good Point Lady Blue.

  • ladyblue Jun 20, 2007

    ScorchFD When you saw all that land going for up for sale why didn't you buy it and then you wouldn't have newcomers. All small town are enlarging, not jut clayton. If you don';t own the property you can't grumble about the people. After all it's you clayton residents who sold the land in the first place and make a killing doing it,

  • Lookelou Jun 20, 2007

    @Scorchfd - I'm sure your a fine person but that was a silly statement you made.

  • abf1 Jun 20, 2007

    I understand that these things can happen. But what I CANNOT understand, and don't feel as if it should be tolerated, is why there was such a delay in letting the public know about it. THAT is what ticks me off.

  • gcoats3 Jun 20, 2007

    I do not understand why the Town of Clayton called us at 1:00am in the morning to advise us of the stump dump fire and smoke but did not call us to advise us to boil our water. We can see and smell smoke. We can't see or smell coliform bacteria. It would be best to error on the safe side in this situation. Advising the media was not sufficient notification.

  • linnway Jun 20, 2007

    Clayton is no different than any other up and coming town. The businesses don't seem to complain about the growth. They'll just have to learn how to deal with the growth and fix it like every other place has.

  • Greyhound_Girl Jun 20, 2007

    Was it just within the Clayton city limits? I have a Clayton address, but am not in the city limits. I get Johnston County water. Does anyone know? Thanks in advance.

  • mikeaz Jun 20, 2007

    Why don't they boil it?? Will we ever get an answer to why the wait on the alert? What two test sites? Is it me or was there not enough info in the story, to many unanswered questions!

  • ScorchFD Jun 20, 2007

    All these people keep complaining about clayton and it's water but we never had this problem til we started having the herds of people moving into town

  • john283594 Jun 20, 2007

    I did my own test, you can order the kits, about a year ago. My Clayton water was clean.

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