Barre City, Vt. - Barre City has issued a boil water notice for residents in higher elevations.
Officials say people that lost water on Wednesday night and live in the areas of Westwood Parkway, Palmisano Plaza, Bailey Street, Upper Prospect Street, Richardson Road, and surrounding streets will be affected by the notice. The boil water notice is in effect until the water system maintenance/repair is finished.
According to city officials the drinking water needs to go through State and Federal drinking water standards before folks can drink it again.
Officials anticipate that the water will be safe to drink by Friday afternoon (October 6).
A media release states the following tips on how to make your water safe to drink:
DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST.
Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice.
Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Coliforms are bacteria which are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other; potentially-harmful, bacteria may be present.
When a water system is experiencing fluctuations in water pressure the possibility exists for bacteria and other harmful organisms to enter the water distribution system and contaminate your drinking water supply.
People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk.
These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-4791.
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