The 1195 Putnam Pike LLC in Chepachet has issued a boil water notice to its customers because E. coli bacteria was found in the water supply. The two businesses located in the building served by this water system are Aegean Pizza and The Computer Store, and the two businesses serve approximately 155 people daily.
All water used for consumption is required to be boiled vigorously for at least one minute. These recommendations pertain to water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation. Alternatively, customers can use bottled 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. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
1195 Putnam Pike collected a sample on October 7, 2019, that was positive for E. coli bacteria. In addition, two samples collected in the distribution system were positive for total coliform bacteria (an indicator that disease-causing organisms such as E. coli could be present) on October 8, 2019.
The boil water advisory will remain in effect until the water system investigates the source of the bacteria, completes corrective actions including disinfection of the water system, collects three consecutive days of absent bacteria samples, and RIDOH approves the boil advisory to be lifted.
The presence of E. coli bacteria indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal waste. Microbes in these wastes 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 EPA has set a drinking water standard for E. coli to reduce the risk of these adverse health effects. Under this standard, drinking water must be free of these bacteria for water to be consumed from a system.
A healthcare provider should be contacted if someone is on this water systems and has diarrhea and any of the following symptoms: • Fever higher than 101.5° F, measured orally • Blood in the stool • Prolonged vomiting that prevents keeping liquids down (which can lead to dehydration) • Signs of dehydration, including a decrease in urination, dry mouth and throat, and feeling dizzy when standing up • Diarrheal illness that lasts more than three days
Customers with questions should contact Saad Souleiman at 401-568-2725 or 401-243-5200.