Coliform Bacteria Found In Dix Hills Water Samples

Water district chlorinating system and advises residents to boil water before consuming.

The Dix Hills Water District reported that two water samples taken earlier this week tested positive for coliform bacteria and officials are advising local residents to boil water before consumption.

As a result, water district officials said they have begun chlorinating the water and as an additional precaution are notifying district customers about the possible health concern.

The two positive samples were taken on Dec. 27 and Dec. 28. Subsequent testing for coliform bacteria so far has produced negative results.

Water district officials are disinfecting the system with calcium hypochlorite. Once the chlorine disinfectant is throughout the system and further sampling indicates that there are no coliforms present, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services will lift its Boil Water Notice. This may take a day or two to be effective, officials said.

People at increased risk — infants, elderly and immune compromised — should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.

Residents seeking additional information should contact District Superintendent John Hennessey at (631) 421-1812 or Jason Hime, PE, Office of Drinking Water of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services at (631) 852-5779.

Boil Water Notice Restrictions

• Boil water by bringing water to a rolling boil for one minute and allow it to cool before consuming. This applies to food preparation, making of baby formula, dishwashing, making ice and brushing of teeth. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

• Discard any ice, baby formula or any food made with water since Dec. 27.

• Use bottled water certified for sale in New York State for food preparation, making baby formula or ice and brushing of teeth.

• Upon notice that the system is safe, thoroughly flush the service line and all taps by running water for five minutes prior to using the public water supply. 

Seth Feiner December 31, 2011 at 04:52 AM
Did Karnilow know about this before he left?
Jeff December 31, 2011 at 12:40 PM
Did the water district call its customers in the Dix Hills area and notify them? I never received a call. If I hadn't checked my emails at 10:30PM, I would never had none about this problem.
Sharon Putyra December 31, 2011 at 12:41 PM
Wait a second - our water supply had positive coliform tests on the 27th and 28th, but we the public weren't told about this until late evening on the 30th? "Don't worry folks, it's just a little gassy diarrhea. Who doesn't want to purge all that excess holiday food? And look! Subsequent samples were negative. What? We HAVE to notify people? OK, We can do that."
Tre December 31, 2011 at 02:05 PM
They dropped off a mailer in the mailbox and since the tests have been negative so boiling would not be necessary anymore. We were just told anything made on those days like ice cubes or baby formula should be disposed of or boiled.
Joanne Balling December 31, 2011 at 02:08 PM
I never got a mailer in my mailbox nor did my neighbors.
alyce gould December 31, 2011 at 02:12 PM
Nor did I. And I didn't see it in any LI news broadcasts or newspapers several minutes ago.
bug December 31, 2011 at 02:44 PM
I just called the water district 942 am and the advisory to boil water is still in effect. They said they were waiting on several more samples but unless we hear otherwise from reliable source, boil the water.
bug December 31, 2011 at 02:48 PM
For additional information, please contact Superintendent John Hennessey of the Dix Hills Water District at (631) 421-1812 or Jason Hime, PE, Office of Drinking Water of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services at (631) 852-5779. ATTENTION: DIX HILLS WATER DISTRICT CUSTOMERS ONLY This was cpoied and pasted from dh water district page.
ADA December 31, 2011 at 03:20 PM
Unbelievable. I had no flyer or info. A friend passed this on to me. My son is immuno compromised and something like this could be really bad!!!
Robert December 31, 2011 at 04:10 PM
There was no information on news12 and I did not get a flyer. LACK OF COMMUNICATION!!!!
Peter December 31, 2011 at 06:06 PM
We just found out from a neighbor in our community. The Water Boys are apparently out there today frantically hanging flyers on anything that will stick including our community gate.
Dr Matthew Hyde December 31, 2011 at 09:05 PM
No notice here either, there definitely is a communication problem here that needs to be addressed. If a robot caller can be used for alerts, water problems should be included
bug December 31, 2011 at 09:44 PM
Great idea about the robot caller. I called at least a dozen people this morning and only one person heard about it. Everybody has to call everybody. The latest I just heard from newsday is the tests on these will be completed tomorrow afternoon or evening. So boil it till then or use bottled.
Kenneth Greene December 31, 2011 at 10:59 PM
just got the flyer this morning and when i told a neighbor he had never received a flyer and new nothing about this water problem. i had to google it to show him. its Dec 31st if this happened on the Dec 27/28 shouldn't there of been a quicker way to notify everyone this is going to be 2012 come on Dix Hills water district lets get with the program
Susan burgazzoli January 01, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I never received a notice, nor did I even know about this problem until I read it in Sunday's Newsday. I've been sick for the past 3 days with vicious stomach cramps, diahrea and cramps. How dare they not notify the ENTIRE community. I'll be calling the water authority about this blatant disregard of the safety of this community. Good Job you morons........
Susan burgazzoli January 01, 2012 at 05:35 PM
LOL...probably. Community outraged never bothered him!
Eric January 03, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Flyers? Where? I never saw any flyer. Furthermore, the customer relations policies at the Dix Hills Water District is deplorable. When I discovered a blatant billing error (in their favor) a couple of years ago, they would NOT correct it. Now this. Arrogant jerks!
john smith February 05, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Glad I only wash dishes,cloths and bath in it!!! Don't even use it for cooking


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