Boil-Water Advisory Issued For Elm City
Posted September 25, 2006 5:46 a.m. EDT
ELM CITY, N.C. — Total coliform bacteria was detected in water samples collected from the water system serving the town of Elm City in Wilson County, emergency officials said Monday.
Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are generally not harmful themselves. However, coliforms are an indicator that other potentially harmful bacteria may be present.
Town officials advise water customers to use bottled water or boil all water used for human consumption, such as drinking, cooking, brushing teeth and making ice until otherwise notified.
Vigorous boiling for two minutes should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water, town officials said. Boiling water concentrates any levels of nitrates that may be present in the water.
Infants below the age of 6 months and pregnant women should use an alternate water supply, such as bottled water, whenever possible.