UXBRIDGE, MASS. (WHDH) - Uxbridge 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.

The DPW warned residents to not drink the water without boiling it first. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, food preparation, brushing teeth and washing dishes until further notice.

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.

For more information regarding the boil order, residents are encouraged to visit http://www.mass.gov/dep/water/drinking/boilordr.htm.

Uxbridge schools were closed Monday as a result of the water contamination.


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