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Windsor Lifts Boil Water Order

Windsor — Residents can once again drink water straight from the tap.

A boil water order issued after bacteria was detected in the town’s water supply was lifted Friday afternoon, except for one building, Town Manager Tom Marsh said.

The town’s utilities department have notified the occupants of the lone building still under a boil order, the Simon Pearce retail store on Route 5, where a water sample tested positive for total coliform but negative for e-coli, Marsh said.

Additional testing to determine the source of the contamination there will begin Monday.

“It could be as specific as a faucet or waterline,” he said.

Marsh said he suspects the building’s location along the river — at the end of the waterline — helped the state make the decision to lift the order for the rest of the town.

The boil water order was issued Monday after standard testing of the town’s water system found total coliform, a family of bacteria commonly found in animals, plants and soils. It also was found in two other sites, including a pump house on State Street and a facility nearby, Marsh said. Both have since tested negative.

Total coliform does not necessarily lead to illness if found in a water system, but it may indicate the presence of other potentially harmful bacteria, according to the Vermont Department of Health. E coli, a fecal coliform, was not detected in any of the Windsor water samples.

“While it’s certainly scary to get these (boil water orders),” no harmful bacteria was found, Marsh said. “We’ve never tested for anything that is harmful in the water.”

Aimee Caruso can be reached at acaruso@vnews.com or 603-727-3210.