E. Coli Bacteria Prompts Bratt Davisville Water System Boil Water Notice

January 10, 2018

UPDATE: The boil water notice has been rescinded. The latest test results show that the water is safe to drink.

UPDATE: The original release from the water company indicated the well testing was December 10. That was a typographical error on their part. The well was actually tested January 10. This story has been updated to correct their error.

Wednesday night, the Bratt Davisville Water System issued a precautionary boil water notice after a well tested positive for E. Coli bacteria.

The boil water notice covers the areas below:

Nokomis Rd. from Rockaway Creek Rd. traveling West to North Pineville Rd., Rockaway Creek Rd. from Nokomis Rd. traveling North to Alabama Line, Gibbs Rd., Circle Rd., Shady Oak Dr., Miller Rd., Jakes Rd., Jones Rd., Reynolds Rd., Flowers Rd., Albritton Rd., Barlow Rd., Tullis Rd., North Pineville Rd. from Nokomis Rd. North to Alabama Line, Hollingsworth Rd., and three customers immediately south of Hollingsworth Rd. on North Pineville Rd.

The Bratt Davisville Water System issued the following information:

What should I do?

As a precaution, we advise that all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes be boiled. A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient. As an alternative, bottled water may be used. Residents are also advised to take precautions when bathing, especially Immuno-compromised individuals, infants or the elderly.

What happened? What is being done?

We routinely monitor the water in our wells and distribution system for drinking water contaminants. Late on January 10th , we learned that one raw sample taken at Bratt Davisville Well 2 tested positive for the presence of E. coli bacteria.

Water containing E. coli bacteria can be considered safe for drinking and cooking after vigorously boiling the water. Disease symptoms caused by these bacteria may include diarrhea, cramps, nausea, and possibly jaundice, and any associated headache and fatigue. EPA has set an enforceable drinking water standard for E. coli to reduce the risk of these adverse health effects. Under this standard all drinking water must be free of these bacteria.

The water system is currently collecting samples to determine if the presence of E.coli bacteria exists within the water system. This precautionary boil water notice will remain in effect until a bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink. The anticipated date for rescinding this notice is January 15, 2018, at 4:00 p.m.

If you have any questions you may contact Customer Service at 1-800- 235-3848 or at 3425 Hwy 4 W, P.O. Box 428, Jay, FL 32565.

Comments

6 Responses to “E. Coli Bacteria Prompts Bratt Davisville Water System Boil Water Notice”

  1. Lady on January 12th, 2018 7:30 pm

    This happens at least once a year so Health Dept must start checking our water system more frequently. Someone needs to make this request ASAP.

  2. William on January 11th, 2018 9:50 am

    UPDATE: The original release from the water company indicated the well testing was December 10. That was a typographical error on their part. The well was actually tested January 10. This story has been updated to correct their error.

  3. Jen on January 11th, 2018 9:22 am

    My sister who lives in this area said “that someone showed up at her door at 11pm last night with a notice “! A month delay in notifying residents is absurd!!

  4. wow on January 11th, 2018 7:05 am

    Wow! this was tested on Dec. 10 and their just now issuing a boil notice, somebody help me out here is that a miss print or what?

  5. Mad Mama on January 11th, 2018 6:40 am

    Why are we informed of this ONE MONTH since the well tested positive??

  6. A on January 11th, 2018 6:36 am

    I believe the well in question is located within about 100 feet of a cemetery that was there many years before the well. I’m no scientist but doesn’t the things we bury eventually contaminate ground water? I’m just asking.





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