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Bristol Officials Stress Drinking Water is Safe Despite E. Coli Found in Untreated Water

Bristol Water Department

Robert J. Longo Superintendent of the Bristol Water Department issues a press releasing clearing stating Bristol water is safe despite recent samples from raw, untreated water at one of the wells tested positive for E coli bacteria.

“As a result of the presence of E. coli in our raw water, on Thursday, October 11, 2018 we collected additional samples of the treated water from the distribution systems and test results found no Coliform or E. Coli bacteria in your drinking water,” said Longo.

“Your drinking water is safe to drink.” 

The Bristol Water Department regularly tests both raw water and treated drinking water for quality.

The release stated: To ensure the quality of our water meets or exceeds federal and state regulations, the Bristol Water Department tests on a regular basis both the raw (pretreated) water and the treated drinking water we supply to our customers. Samples of raw untreated water collected on Tuesday October 9, 2018 from one of our wells at the Mix Street wellfield (Well #3) tested positive for Coliform and Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria.

All water from our wells is treated and disinfected with chlorine before entering the distribution system, in order to eliminate bacteria. As a result of the presence of E. coli in our raw water, on Thursday, October 11, 2018 we collected additional samples of the treated water from the distribution systems and test results found no Coliform or E. Coli bacteria in your drinking water. Your drinking water is safe to drink.

It is important for the public to know that prior to the water being treated, the Water Department also tests the raw water in our five water supply wells for bacteria on a monthly basis” said Mayor Ellen Zoppo- Sassu.

“When E. coli bacteria are detected in the Raw, untreated water, we are required by Federal regulation to notify the public.”

“The Water Department has taken Well #3 out of service and it will remain out of service until we determine and correct the cause of the bacteria, stated Board of Water Commissioners Chairwomen Elizabeth Phelan.

“We have reviewed this situation with the Health Director of the Bristol/Burlington Health District and the Department of Public Health Water Supply Section and they are in agreement with our action plan.”

“This was never an emergency situation and there is nothing that you need to do”, according to Superintendent Robert Longo.

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