Boil Water Advisory

The presence of coliform bacteria in water samples in Wilson County has led officials to issue a Boil Water Advisory. The affected area is the Southeastern Water District of Wilson County.

Wilson, NC –Results of the County of Wilson’s routine sampling and testing of its water supply has revealed the detection of total coliform bacteria in samples collected, and as a precaution, water customers served by the Southeast Water District are advised to “Boil Water”.

Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are generally not harmful themselves. However, coliforms are an indicator that other, potentially harmful, bacteria may be present. Additional water samples have been collected and are currently being tested to disprove or confirm results.

As a precaution until additional testing can confirm the absence of coliform bacteria, Wilson County advises customers to NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Customers in the system should bring tap water to a rolling boil for at least three minutes or use bottle water until further notice for the following purposes:

Brushing teeth
Making ice
Washing Hands

Vigorous boiling for one (1) minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.

A map of the Southeast Water District is shown below. Concerned citizens needing more information may call 252/399-2749 to speak with a customer service representative. The latest updates will also be posted on the website.

Source: Wilson County Website
To see a map of the affected area, click here

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