E. coli finding prompts boil-water alert in Deerfield Beach

City crew takes water well out of service

by Andre Torres, originally posted on  February 04, 2017


DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – Authorities in Deerfield Beach issued a “Boil Water Alert” on Saturday after finding a raw water well tested positive for the E. coli bacteria.

This affects residents in zip codes 33441, 33442 and the area within 33064 that is North of Southwest 15th Street. Authorities were asking that those affected avoid drinking the water without boiling it first.

City crews took the well out of service to repair it before it can supply raw water to the water treatment plant again, according to the City of Deerfield Beach.

They were also collecting additional bacteriological samples throughout their distribution system to rule out any contamination.

Some kinds of E. coli can cause diarrhea, while others cause urinary tract infections, respiratory illness and pneumonia, and other illnesses, according to the Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information, call the city’s water department at 954-480-4370 or the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

Local 10 News’ Melissa Alvarez contributed to this report. 

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