Water contamination reported in Fall River
Residents concerned about communication over bacteria presence
Fall River residents are voicing concerns about their community’s lack of communication over bacteria in the water.
Officials found the presence of coliform bacteria in water samples last Thursday.
The city is increasing chlorination efforts, as well as running more tests. Officials will know Friday if they need to continue chlorinating the water.
The bacteria are generally not harmful but pose a risk to people with weaker immune systems and the elderly.
Officials said their detection can indicate other bacteria are present but that tests did not find any other bacteria.
Some residents said they had no idea the bacteria was detected until they saw a Facebook post.
Officials said they shared the information through the proper channels and had the issue been more serious, a large alert would have been sent out along with a notice to start boiling the water before using it.
As a precaution, Fall River residents should throw away any ice cubes, baby formula or other items made with water between last Thursday and this Tuesday.
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