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Newark officials are warning residents in the Windy Hills and Kirkwood Highway area to boil their water before drinking. This follows a water man break.
Though outside of Newark city limits, the city does have water customers in this area. Newark water customers in this area may be at risk for E. coli bacteria contaminated drinking water. The bacteria can make people sick and are a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems. The Delaware Health and Social Services Office of Drinking Water has advised the City of Newark to release a drinking water warning as a precaution.
Residents are asked to not drink the water without boiling it first.
E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, and people with severely compromised immune systems.
The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
The city is repairing the break. The public will be informed when tests show bacteria is no longer present and boiling water is no longer needed. This should be resolved within 48 hours, officials said.
For more information, please contact Roy Simonson, City of Newark Water and Wastewater Director (302) 366-7055, Bill Zimmerman, City of Newark Water Quality Engineer at (302) 366-7055 or Jim Richardson, Environmental Health Specialist II with the Office of Drinking Water at (302) 741-8630. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-(800) 426-4791.