WESTFIELD – Public health authorities advise Village of Westfield water customers to boil their water for a minute and let it cool before using, or to drink bottled water.
Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth and food preparation until further notice, according to the county Department of Health and Human Services. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms that might cause disease.
The advisory follows heavy rains Tuesday night that caused turbidity levels in the village’s reservoir to rise to levels that the filter plant could not adequately treat. When that happened, the filter plant was turned off, and officials began relying on water in storage tanks.
Water samples collected Friday at the filter plant showed turbidity levels above public health standards, carrying an increased risk of containing disease-causing organisms, according to the county.
Once turbidity is under control, the water mains will need to be flushed and water samples collected to make sure the water is safe to drink, officials reported. As such, the recommendation to boil water or use bottled water is expected to remain until next week.
Harmful microbes in drinking water, such as E. coli, can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms.