WHATELY, Mass (WWLP) - There was a water-warning this past weekend for about 100 Whately residents after e-coli bacteria was found in a private water supply.
Whately has two different water supply systems. There's the town Water Supply Department which supplies the majority of residents in East Whately. And the Whately Water District- where contamination recently was detected. That water supply has 42 connections including about 35 houses, some businesses, as well as town buildings on Chestnut Plain Rd. and Haydenville Rd.
Municipal Secretary for the Town of Whately, Maryellen Cranston said," If you have a well or if you pay water taxes to the town the boil water warning does not impact you at all. The Water District Commissioners are working to resolve the problem."
Routine sampling of the Whately Water District showed coliform in the system-which indicates bacteria. Further sampling showed E.coli- indicating human or animal waste in the water.
Officials were looking to see if the problem actually existed in one of the two 300 ft. bedrock wells or the pump house where the water was actually dispersed.
Lab results showed that the two wells were clean, tracing the problem to where water was being stored in the pump house.
Nicholas Jones, Superintendent of the Whately Water District told 22News, "There's a 20,000 gallon holding tank in there which can be drained and cleaned, and look for any possible intrusion of living matter which could have caused this problem."
Once everything is disinfected and refilled it takes three days of clear samples drawn from the water supply to lift the boil water warning.