• Boil order issued after E.coli found in water in Stoneham


    STONEHAM, Mass. - A mandatory boil water order was issued in Stoneham after E.coli was detected.

    According to the town, the Stoneham Water Department detected E.coli in the drinking water during a weekly samples.

    Repeat samples were collected and on Thursday, one sample was was a total coliform positive.

    The order will remain in place until at least Sunday, September 16.

    The DEP has collected more samples to test. 

    Customers are asked to boil water for one minute before using to drink making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation. 

    E.coli are bacteria whose presence indicates the water many be contaminated with human or animal wastes. It can pose a special health risk for infants, young children, the elderly and those with severely compromised immune systems.  

    Stoneham is investigating what caused the E.coli positive samples. 

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