Why drinking tap water in Montague Center may be dangerous

It's suggested you throw out food or ice made with tap water after Tuesday, November 2nd


MONTAGUE CENTER, Mass. (WWLP) – The Montague Center Water District is warning residents not to drink or cook with tap water unless they boil it first. That’s because a sample of water taken from the water storage tank Monday tested positive for E. coli.

“Yeah, my friend posted something on Facebook saying ‘make sure you boil your water. There’s E. coli in it.’,” said Jennifer Douglas of Montague. E. coli is a bateria that comes from human or animal waste and can be especially dangerous for infants, young children and the elderly.

The Montague Center Water District is telling residents if they want to use or drink tap water, they must first boil it or purchase bottled water. Michelle Belleau of Montague said, “bottled water is not cheap and, you know, to be doing your everyday thing, you need a lot of bottled water.”

It’s suggested that you throw out any food or ice made with tap water after Tuesday, November 2nd. One Montague Center resident told 22News, she hopes the problem is resolved soon. “It’s an inconvenience. If there’s a health issue, I think they need to find out how did the water get contaminated; how are we going to deal with it; when are we going to deal with it,” said Julie Kumble.

On Thursday, the Montague Center Water District took their water storage tank off-line to look for signs of contamination. They say they’re trying to resolve the situation as soon as possible. 22News will let you know when it’s safe to drink tap water in Montague Center.

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