The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Westerly Water Department have lifted the boil water notice that was issued on November 15, 2017 because of an E. coli bacteria finding. Samples taken by the Westerly Water Department on November 16th were all absent of bacteria.
Before consuming water from the system again, people should clean and sanitize refrigerators with water dispensers and/or ice machines, replace any water treatment filter cartridges, and flush any faucets or taps not used during the boil advisory for 10 minutes. Guidance on refrigerator sanitization can be found online (see link below).
Westerly Water Department collected 13 samples throughout the distribution system on November 16th, including locations in Westerly, Rhode Island and Pawcatuck, Connecticut. The Bradford Well #2, which had the E. coli result earlier this week, will remain inactive until corrective action is completed and follow-up samples are absent of bacteria.
Consumers with questions should contact Paul Corina, Westerly Director of Public Works, at 401-348-2561 or 68 White Rock Road, Westerly, Rhode Island.