Carteret County officials have issued a boil water advisory for people in the North River/Mill Creek water system.
The advisory is a precaution, officials say. A recent sample of drinking water tested positive for the presence of coliform bacteria.
"Usually, coliforms are a sign that there could be a problem with the treatment or distribution system (pipes)," says a statement issued by Carteret County. "Whenever we detect coliform bacteria in any sample, we do follow-up testing to see if other bacteria of greater concern, such as fecal coliform or E. coli, are present. We did not find any of these bacteria in our subsequent testing. However, we advise customers to boil water used for human consumption until we have determined that the coliform bacteria is no longer present in the system."
Bring all water for human consumption to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice.
Boiling the water kills any bacteria and other organisms in water.