Important Notice About Your Drinking Water Source (October 7, 2022)

October 7, 2022

Important Notice about Your Drinking Water Source

Tests showed Presence of Fecal Coliform for 1 of our 30 production wells.

Fecal coliform [or E. Coli] bacteria was present in 1 of our 30 production wells. These bacteria can make you sick, and are a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems.

Bacterial contamination can occur when there are vulnerable areas in the wellhead, sample tap, air vents, and/or the electrical conduit for the well.

You do not need to boil your water or take any other corrective action. You do not need to use an alternative (e.g. bottled) water supply. If you have any specific health concerns, consult your doctor.

We also test our distribution system on a monthly basis and none of our samples have tested positive for Fecal coliform. We did not have a positive Fecal Coliform distribution sample for all of 2022.

Fecal Coliform and E. Coli. are bacteria whose presence indicates that the well may have been contaminated with human or animal waste. Microbes in these wastes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, and people with severely compromised immune systems.

This is a Tier 1 violation. Palm Beach County Health Department is aware of and is assisting the City of Boynton Beach Utilities to rectify the problem.

When the well tested positive for Fecal coliform, we took the following action.

1) The well was taken out of service and isolated immediately.

2) The well will be chlorinated and flushed.

3) The Health Department was informed within 24 hours of the positive result.

4) The public will be informed within 24 hours of the positive result.

5) The well will be subject to bacteriological survey before it is allowed to be used.

We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions feel free to contact the City of Boynton Beach Utilities at 561-742-6400.