NATICK, MA – Natick residents had to boil their drinking water for at least the next few days after water testing found evidence of E. coli bacteria in tap water.
The boiling water alert came amid a meeting of Selectmen’s Natic Committee, new provisional city governor Robert Truney announced and said nine of the last 12 water tests were positive for bacteria. Rooney said the alert will be in effect until Saturday as the city will have to test the water sample again.
Under the boiling water alert, residents must boil the water for at least one minute before drinking, cooking, brushing their teeth, or any activity involving swallowing.
Rooney did not know why the test turned positive. There will be another test to verify the results.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, E. coli can cause symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. The illness can take up to four days to appear and a small number of between 5 and 10 percent of people can develop a potentially life-threatening condition called hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can lead to kidney failure.