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Newark Residents Warned to Boil Water After Water Main Break

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The area outlined in blue is where residents should boil water before using. (Photo: City of Newark, DE) The area outlined in blue is where residents should boil water before using. (Photo: City of Newark, DE)
NEWARK, Del. - Residents in parts of Newark, Delaware are being asked to boil their drinking water due to the potential for E. coli bacteria contamination, according to city officials.

A water main break in the Kirkwood Highway area Friday morning knocked out water service for hundreds of residents. Though this area is outside of Newark city limits, the city says there are water customers in that area. The city is working to repair the break and will inform residents when tests show bacteria is no longer present and boiling water is no longer needed. The city says this should be resolved within 48 hours.

In the meantime, the city of Newark warns residents in that area to boil their water. The E. coli bacteria can make people sick and is a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems. 

E. coli is a 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.

Residents in the affected area should boil their drinking water for at least a minute, then let it cool before using. Bottled water could also be used. The city says tap water should not be used without being boiled for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes or food preparation. Boiling kills the bacteria and other organisms in the water.

For a larger version of the "boil water" map, click here.


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