Wilmington Lifts The Water Boil Order After E. Coli Was Detected

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WILMINGTON, Mass (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection canceled the water boil order in Wilmington Saturday after E. coli was detected in the water earlier this week.

After two rounds of resampling and analysis, MassDEP lifted the order. The original source of the E. coli, the Hillside Way Water Tank, has been isolated from the public drinking water system and continues to be sampled. The water will continue to be isolated from the town's system until town officials and MassDEP confirm the water tank is clear for drinking and can be reintroduced to the water supply, according to town officials.

On Friday, the town of Wilmington urged residents to boil water for at least a minute to make the water safe to drink. They also instructed residents to throw away ice and any uncooked food made with the tap water.

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The symptoms of E. coli differ from person to person but can include severe stomach cramping, diarrhea, and vomiting, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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