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Pittsboro's water is safe to drink again

Posted Saturday, January 24, 2004

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Pittsboro residents can start drinking their water again.

Pittsboro town officials said Friday morning that it's safe again to use water from the Pittsboro system. Officials began telling residents Wednesday to use bottled water or boil tap water for five minutes before using it after a routine sample tested positive for E. coli, or fecal coliform bacteria.

The notice applied to 3,300 Pittsboro water customers, including 113 in Bynum. The notice did not affect Chatham County water system users.

Later samples taken from the same spot, and locations nearby, showed no contamination, officials said.

The positive sample, taken from the outdoor faucet on a home, was likely caused by a contaminated hose bib, officials explained.

Water from homes on either side tested negative, as did repeated testing from the contaminated spot.

To prevent future E. coli scares, the testers will in the future only take samples from inside homes, and run the line for five minutes before taking the sample.

 
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