'Boil Water' Order Issued for Part of Wilson County
Posted September 19, 2007 4:34 p.m. EDT
Updated September 20, 2007 9:47 a.m. EDT
Wilson, N.C. — Routine tests on Wednesday detected total coliform bacteria in the Wilson County water supply, and officials issued a "boil water" advisory for Southeast Water District customers.
Coliform is naturally present in the environment and isn't considered harmful. But it often indicates that more harmful bacteria could be present, officials said.
Water should be boiled for at least three minutes before being used for drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, making ice or washing hands, officials said.
Additional tests were expected to be conducted to double-check the results.
The boil water order does not affect customers who get their water from the city of Wilson, city spokesman Brian Bowman said.