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BOIL POTABLE WATER 5 MINUTES, WAPA ADVISES

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As a precaution until testing for bacteriological contamination can be carried out, the Water And Power Authority is advising potable water users to boil for five minutes all water intended for human consumption.
Although WAPA has not detected any coliform bacteria in the territory's potable water systems in the aftermath of Hurricane Lenny, "there is a possibility of bacteriological contamination due to Hurricane Lenny water rationing," a WAPA press release stated.
Coliform bacteria is generally an indication of water contamination by fecal matter.
Therefore, as a preventive measure, WAPA is recommending that water for drinking and cooking be boiled for 5 minutes in order "to protect the public from a potential health risk."
WAPA "is taking immediate and appropriate steps" to identify and, if necessary, reduce the presence of coliform bacteria in the water systems," the release said. If coliform bacteria are detected, it said, "the potable water systems may not meet the requirements outlined in the (federal) Safe Drinking Water Act. Water that does not meet SDWA standards may pose an acute risk to health."

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