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BREAKING: Dix Hills Boil Water Notice Lifted

County rescinds directive after 21 samples taken yesterday produce negative results.

Residents in the Dix Hills Water District no longer have to boil their the water before consumption after 21 samples taken Saturday all tested negative for coliform bacteria.

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services today lifted the boil water notice and declared that it is safe to drink from the tap.

Samples taken last week on Dec. 27 and 28 detected total coliform bacteria in the distribution system, officials of the Dix Hills Water District began chlorination. The district hand-delivered notices to its 8,000 customers informing them of the results and giving information about coliform bacteria in water and instructions about boiling water.

Subsequent testing, beginning after the Dec. 28 test and before chlorination started, and all tests since have proven negative for coliform bacteria.

The Dix Hills Water District, its consulting engineer and its state-approved laboratory are investigating what caused the bacteria to appear. The Suffolk County Department of Health Services is also investigating the source of the contamination in the samples. The District is continuing the chlorination.

Joe Hackley January 02, 2012 at 12:29 AM
The Water District did a horrible job of letting people know there was an issue and updating the status of the problem.
bug January 02, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Lesson to be learned here. It was a false alarm, but a way to notify residents quickly is necessary as this will not be the last time there is an issue with the water.
Reesa Fetzle January 03, 2012 at 03:46 AM
I can appreciate all the concerns about the water safety, but with real-estate prices in our neighborhood, and house resale prices I can see why we don't need these problems "BROADCAST" all over the news. We don't need the bad publicity if we want to get top dollar for our homes. It's a small price to pay for the $$$ we want for our neighborhood.
bug January 03, 2012 at 01:29 PM
I think people getting ill or dying from the water(very possible scenario) is a much worse PR nightmare than the one you describe. A robot caller like the ones that call us early am when school is out is needed.

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