The Rhode Island Health Department has lifted a boil water advisory for customers of the Kent County Water Authority after a third day of tests showed the water clean of bacteria. Some 25-thousand customers have had to boil their drinking water since Sunday, when the contamination was discovered in a storage tank. The tank has been taken offline until the source of the contamination is determined.
State health officials recommend cleaning out any appliance through which water passes through, including refrigerator ice machines, water treatment units, faucets that haven’t been used recently, and soda dispensers.
Customers of the Kent County Water Authority could be drinking their tap water again as soon as Wednesday afternoon.)Authority director Tim Brown said a second round of testing has come out clean for E. coli bacteria. One more clean test and the state Health Department could re-authorize the drinking of tap water.
Residents of Warwick, West Warwick, and East Greenwich have been under a boil water order since Sunday when E. coli bacteria turned up in a storage tank at the Kent County Water Authority. The source of the contamination is under investigation.
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