FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — After two and a half weeks, a boil water order has been lifted for all four towns under that order on the South Coast.
Fairhaven lifted the ban on Saturday, with the Board of Public Works saying in a statement that it had satisfied the state’s sampling requirements.
Fairhaven, along with the towns of Mattapoisett, Marion and Rochester were put under a boil water order on October 6th after the Mattapoisett River Valley Water District was notified that E. coli was detected in routine samples from the day before.
The Board of Public Works said an investigation suggests that a September detection of the bacteria at the Tinkham Lane Well in Fairhaven and the October 5th detection at the water treatment plant in Mattapoisett are related.
The well has been out of service since the E. coli was detected.
The Board said the investigation revealed a breach in the well's casing, located 8 feet below the surface, which has since been repaired.
Mattapoisett was the first town to lift the ban on October 15th, followed by Rochester and Marion last week.
WBZ's Tim Dunn (@ConsiderMeDunn) reports: