BURRILLVILLE- E. coli has been found in water samples at a Victory Highway apartment complex and residents should boil their water until further notice, according to the Rhode Island Department of Health.
The bacteria was found in water at The Apartments at 960-970 Victory Highway in samples taken Friday, April 22 and confirmed by additional samples collected Monday, April 25 according to RIDOH, which issued the advisory Wednesday.
The advisory notes that the presence of bacteria in drinking water may cause short-term illness, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, fever, or other symptoms and may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, and people with severely compromised immune systems. Water used for food preparation; bathing of infants and toddlers; drinking; rinsing dishes done by hand; making ice cubes; infant formulas and brushing teeth must be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute.
Customers were given notice of the issue by water supply officials. The order will remain in effect until the water system investigates the source of the bacteria and completes corrective actions, according to RIDOH.
The 13-bedroom property is owned by Thomas and Konstantino Tzeremes according to town property records. Customers with questions are instructed to contact the owners at (508) 208-7926.
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