Wellfleet residents told to boil water for safe use

Wellfleet residents told to boil water for safe use
(Vittorio Zunino Celotto)

WELLFLEET, Mass. — The town of Wellfleet issued a notice Saturday night to boil water, posting information on the town’s website.

Wellfleet is under a boil water order by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection after recent tests have indicated the presence of bacteria in drinking water.

To make drinking water safe, it suggests two effective methods to treat for microbiological contaminants.

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-Boiling: Bring the water to a rolling boil for at least one minute, as lab data shows this is adequate to make the water safe for drinking.

-Disinfectant: Disinfectant tablets can be used. In an emergency, liquid chlorine bleach such as Clorox or Purex can be used at a dose of 8 drops or 1/8 teaspoon of bleach to each gallon of water. Then you let it stand for 30 minutes before using.

For Wellfleet’s complete news release, click here.