BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - Margate city officials have issued a precautionary boil water notice to Margate and areas of Coconut Creek.
The city's water system detected fecal indicators in one of the city's wells, according to officials.
One sample collected from one of the city's raw water wells tested positive for Total and Fecal Coliforms on October 18. As required, the city will collect additional samples from this well and from the distribution system within 24 hours to determine the extent of the problem. This sampling began Thursday. The affected well has been shutoff and removed from service.
What should I do?
DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using it. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. You may also use bottled water. Use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, preparing food, and washing dishes until further notice.
Also, if you have a severely compromised immune system, have an infant, or are elderly, you may be at an increased risk and should seek advice about drinking water from your health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791. If you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.
What does this mean?
Inadequately treated or inadequately protected water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, cramps, and associated headaches. Fecal indicators are microbes whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term health effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms, which pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. These symptoms are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.
Customers can also contact the City's Engineering Department, at (954) 972-0828.
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