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Pittsboro Water Safe To Drink

Posted January 23, 2004 10:52 a.m. EST

— Officials in Pittsboro have lifted a boil water notice for the town's water customers. The order was issued Wednesday after a routine test of the water supply turned up E. coli bacteria.

A contaminated sample came from an outside residential spigot on Jan. 16. Christine Miller, of the Division of Environmental Health, said the state tested six areas and the town tested eight areas. All the samples tested were clean, including the areas that originally tested as contaminated.

The town water system supplies 3,300 customers, including 113 residences in the Bynum area that are on the county water system. As required, all water customers -- residential and business -- were notified to boil water used for cooking and drinking.

Microbes in E. coli can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches and other symptoms. Infants, young children and people with severely compromised immune systems may be especially at risk.

The Division of Environmental Health is continuing to investigate the cause. There were 20 similar violations/contaminations from 19 systems statewide in 2002.