Boil water order canceled for Uxbridge

UXBRIDGE, MASS. (WHDH) - The boil water order in Uxbridge has been canceled after test results showed the water supply is free and clear of any bacteria.

The update came Tuesday afternoon, after residents were warned of the presence of E. coli in the town’s water, according to the Department of Public Works.

The DPW said a sample of water collected Friday tested positive for E. coli bacteria.

The bacteria can make people sick, and is especially concerning for people with weakened immune systems.

According to the DPW, bacterial contamination can occur when increased run-off enters the drinking water source, when there is a break in the distribution system, or when there is a failure in the water treatment process.

The water department has started adding chlorine to the water, and is flushing the system while it investigates potential causes for the contamination.

Water distribution in town will remain in place until 8 p.m. Tuesday and between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. due to continued chlorination.

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