WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Residents in some parts of Westfield are being told to boil their water before using it after contaminants were found in the water.
“I do not want to touch that water,” said Josh Murphy, Westfield.
“It’s pretty gross, I wish they’d solve it quickly,” said Dan Murphy, Westfield.
Charles Darling with the Westfield Water Resources Department says that on Thursday, their department was notified that enterococci, which is a fecal indicator, was found in a water sample drawn Tuesday from Well #5.
“It could be associated with the rain. It could be also the well’s over 40 years old. It could be a defect in the well,” said Darling.
Well #5 is one of eight wells that serve the city.
Westfield Water adds that fecal indicators are used to detect ground water sources that may be susceptible to fecal contamination, which could contain viruses and bacteria.
As a result of this discovery, Westfield Water is telling all customers in the following area to boil the water for at least one minute before consumption:
South of the Westfield River, and west of Shephard Street, Smith Avenue, High Street, and Southwick Road (Routes 10 and 202), down to the Westfield/Southwick corporate boundary (near Stanley Park and Westfield State)
Boiled should be used for drinking, making ice, food preparation, brushing teeth, and washing dishes.
In addition, any ice already made after Tuesday should be thrown away.
Many people are choosing to load up on water bottles.
JJ Variety, which is near the affected area, is seeing more people buying in bulk.
“A lot of customers keep asking for the cases too, unfortunately we don’t carry cases,” said Shan Nihar, JJ Variety.
Darling notes that this order is effect until further notice, while they gather more samples and evaluate the water system.
Anyone with questions can contact the Westfield Water Resources Department at (413) 572-6270.
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