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“Boil” Order Still In Effect For Some Water Systems

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Two weeks after Tropical Storm Irene hit Connecticut,  29 small water systems around Connecticut remain under a “boil water” advisory from the state Department of Public Health.  Each system serves fewer than 1,000 customers.

Health officials say for those living in communities under the advisory,  water should be brought to a rolling boil for a full minute,  then allowed to cool before drinking or handling.  They suggest pouring the boiled water back and forth between clean containers to improve the taste.

In the affected systems, boiled or bottled water should be used for cooking, washing fruits and vegetables, preparing baby formula or brushing teeth,  or to wash hands when cooking.

Infants, toddlers, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems should be bathed with water that has been boiled then cooled.  Adults and older children showering or bathing in areas under the boil advisory should try not to swallow any of the the tap water

Here is the Department of Public Health’s list of systems under the advisory as  of 4:30 p.m. Sept. 16:

  • Mar-Lea Park Apts, Ashford
  • Elmwood Court LLC, Bethel
  • Quonnipaug Hills – Lower System, Guilford
  • Quonnipaug Hills – Section I, Guilford
  • Wellswood Estates Foundation, Inc., Hebron
  • Cranberry Bog Apartments, Killingly
  • Uconn Agronomy Research Farm, Mansfield
  • Oakridge Village, Montville
  • Stonington Institute – Main Building, North Stonington
  • Region 18 Schools – Lyme Street, Old Lyme
  • Brookview Water Company, Ridgefield

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