PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A boil-water order has been issued to 25,000 customers of the Kent County Water Authority after tests found E. coli bacteria contamination in a storage tank.
The Providence Journal reports that customers in Cranston, Coventry, Warwick, West Warwick, East Greenwich and some in North Kingstown and West Greenwich should boil their water vigorously for at least one minute before drinking it, cooking with it or brushing their teeth with it.
The authority says it's the first time in more than 25 years there's been an E. coli contamination in the drinking water supply.
Customers also are advised to not bathe infants and young children in the water, because they may swallow some.
Health Director Michael Fine tells WHJJ's Ron St. Pierre that the order will be in place until at least Thursday. Click here to listen to Ron's conversation with Dr. Fine.
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