Boil water advisory still in effect in Ware, could be lifted within days

Hampshire County

Ware residents are going on their 5th day of having to boil water but the advisory could be lifted as early as Thursday.

Town officials announced Friday that a water sample taken from the cistern source tested positive for E. Coli.

The cistern is one of four sources that distributes drinking water to the town.

Although the town is still urging all residents to boil their water, the advisory could be lifted as early as Thursday, after test results come back.

Ware Town Manager Stuart Beckley told 22News, “Those will be back by tomorrow, which is Thursday, and if they come back negative, then the DEP will tell us how to proceed from there.”

Schools in town are also taking precautionary measures. They have shut off all their water fountains and are handing out bottles of water to make sure their students stay safe.

Residents are urged to boil the water for at least a minute. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, food preparation, and brushing teeth.

The water might look normal but residents are doing what they have to do, until the advisory is lifted.

Rob Smith of Ware told 22News, “The water is still clear, at least where we are. I haven’t noticed any difference in that. We just boil the water for dishes.”

Many businesses, like Dunkin Donuts have had to close in Ware, due to the advisory.

Ware residents urged to boil water before usage after E.coli detected in sample

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