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Smithfield again advised to boil water

Posted July 8, 2010 3:15 p.m. EDT
Updated July 8, 2010 6:03 p.m. EDT

— Smithfield residents were advised Thursday to boil their water before consumption after routine tests found coliform bacteria in it – the third water problem for residents of Johnston County in a week.

Smithfield public utilities officials said the naturally occurring bacteria aren't dangerous, but are an indicator that other, potentially harmful bacteria might be present.

“This is an advisory notice not a mandatory notice, we don’t have to rush shut down any restaurants or anything of that nature,” Mayor Daniel Evans said.

Residents should boil all water used for human consumption, such as drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, making ice and washing hands. Boiling water for at least one minute should kill the bacteria.

Last week, bacteria detected in the water prompted a similar notice for Smithfield residents. Restaurants there were forced to close for more than 24 hours.

On Monday, a water main break left homes and businesses in the Princeton-Kenly Water District without water and had restaurants there serving drinks without ice and meals on disposable dishes.

Earl Botkin, Smithfield director of public utilities, said the advisory would stand for at least 24 hours pending additional tests.