Delray Beach drinking water: Coliform bacteria found in city's potable water

Residents not urged to boil water

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Officials with the city of Delray Beach said in a news release Thursday night that routine tests recently indicated the presence of coliform bacteria in the city’s drinking water. 

However, there is no presence of harmful bacteria, and officials said there is no need to boil water.

They also said they have flushed the water distribution system and used chlorine to disinfect it.

Acting city manager Robert A. Barcinski emphasized in the news release that this is not an emergency.  The release said that total coliform bacteria are generally not harmful themselves.

People with severely compromised immune systems, infants and some elderly may be at increased risk. 

These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. 

General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

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