Branchville, New Jersey officials urge residents to boil water after samples showed E.coli contamination
Branchville, New Jersey officials are urging residents to boil their water until further notice.
This comes after a sample from the Branchville Water Department’s well resulted in a positive E. coli test, according to the New Jersey Herald.
According to a statement on the Branchville borough website, the water sample detected E. coli and total coliform.
Most residents of the borough and some Frankford homes near the Branchville border use water from the contaminated well, according to Branchville Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Lewis.
The presence of E. coli bacteria indicates the water may contain human or animal wastes, according to the notice. These pathogens in wastes may also pose an increased risk for infants and young children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.
According to Lewis, the borough followed all protocols put in place by the state Department of Environmental Protection in response to the positive test.
All well users were notified within 24 hours of the sample through a letter and the Reverse 911 system, and the results were also announced on the Branchville website.
Health officials will conduct additional water testing but Lewis is unsure of when any follow-up tests will take place.
The borough’s officials anticipate resolving the problem within 120 days, but Lewis believes this estimate is a worst-case scenario and that it would likely take much less time to resolve.
The public is encouraged to check the Branchville website for updates on the situation.