The Wilbur and McMahon School, located at 28 Commons in Little Compton, is required to issue a precautionary boil water notice to its customers because the water system is performing repairs on the pipes. Customers should boil vigorously for at least one minute all water used for human consumption, including drinking and cooking. Alternatively, customers can use bottled water. This notice also applies to the additional buildings served by the school well: the town maintenance barn, Odd Fellow Grange Hall, Community Center, and Town Hall.
This health advisory will remain in effect until repairs are completed and satisfactory bacteria results are obtained. Wilbur and McMahon School will issue a public notice when this requirement is lifted.
Pipe repair means that the system is at risk of becoming contaminated with bacteria and other organisms. Bacteria, such as E. coli, can cause short-term health effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They pose a special health risk for infants, young children, and people with severely compromised immune systems.
The recommendation to boil for one minute pertains to water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Infants and young children should not be bathed in this water because they may swallow it accidentally. Anyone else using this water for bathing or showering should be careful to avoid swallowing the water. Further guidance can be found in the link below. The water system at Wilbur and McMahon will be disinfected. Customers should refer to the notice provided by the water system for further instructions and information relating to the disinfection of the water lines. The boil notice will not be lifted until disinfection occurs, a bacteria sample is absent, and these actions are approved by RIDOH. People with questions should contact Chris Osborne Sr. at 401-835-8884.