All Jackson City Water Users Under Boil Order

By
Sara Vallone

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Updated Sat, Jan 14, 2012 10:52 am

Update: Jackson Mayor Randy Heath says new tests show the city's water supply was affected in only one location. 

The boil order was lifted Friday afternoon.  Heath says the water quality is now acceptable. 

Tests show the elevated levels of bacteria found Thursday afternoon may have been E. coli, says Heath.  He said they do not believe the bacteria was manufactured in the city's water supply.


All city water users in Jackson are under a boil order after officials found elevated levels of bacteria in the water.

More than 3,000 customers are affected.
 
Mayor Randy Heath says the advisory was issued after the bacteria was found in the water supply Thursday afternoon.
 
Heath says they believe the source of the bacteria is isolated in one location, but for safety reasons, the whole water system in under watch. The Environmental Protection Agency requires the city-wide boil order, he explained. "We are working studiously to rectify the situation as soon as possible," said Heath.
 
City water officials are waiting on further test to establish what kind of bacteria is in the water.
 
Heath says they are hoping to have the test results back this afternoon and have the boil order lifted by this evening.
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