Wakefield issues boil advisory after water pressure drop

A statement issued by the city on Monday says levels in its two water towers fell on Sunday afternoon, causing the water pressure to drop. The city says a drop in pressure can allow untreated groundwater to infiltrate its water system, potentially containing bacteria that is common in the environment.

The city said the problem was caused by a communication error between its water pump station and the water towers. The problem began at about 1 p.m. Sunday City staff restored pressure at about 6 p.m. and the water system returned to normal operations by 10 p.m.

Due to the “significant loss” in water pressure and the length of time, the city is advising residents to boil water before consuming it, or use bottled water, until test results show the water to be clear of bacteria. This includes water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and preparing food.

The city began conducting precautionary bacteriological testing on Monday morning and will repeat the testing Tuesday, but the results are not expected until Thursday.

The city says the likelihood of becoming ill is very low for people who consumed water before they became aware of the boil advisory. People experiencing symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal cramps should contact their health provider.

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