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Wednesday: Claremont Issues Boil Water Order Because of E. coli

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Claremont — City officials issued an order Wednesday afternoon instructing residents to boil their drinking water after E. coli were detected in the city’s water system.

Residents should bring tap water to a boil, keep it at that level for two minutes, and allow it to cool before drinking, according to the order.

Pre-boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, brushing teeth, washing vegetables, food preparation, washing dishes, making infant formula and making ice until further notice.

City officials said they expect the order to last through Friday.

The bacteria, which can be especially harmful to infants, young children, the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems, was detected Tuesday. Short-term effects of ingesting E. coli can include diarrhea, cramps, nausea and other symptoms.

Click here for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services fact page on boil water orders.

For more information, contact Claremont’s Department of Public Works at 603-542-7040 or the Claremont Emergency Communications Center at 603-542-9538.

Maggie Cassidy can be reached at mcassidy@vnews.com.


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