Local boil-water alert issued

From Press, Staff Reports

The Mississippi State Department of Health has issued a boil-water alert for customers who receive their drinking water from the Savannah Water Association #1 water supply located in Webster County.

This affects about 1,482 customers. The alert was issued July 12 and had not been lifted as of Tuesday afternoon, Water sampling showed the presence of total coliform bacteria in a preponderance of samples, an MSDH news release stated.

Health officials strongly recommend that all water be boiled vigorously for one minute before it is consumed. Water system officials will be immediately notified when the boil water alert is lifted.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets drinking water standards and has determined that the presence of total coliform is a public health concern. Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other potentially harmful bacteria may be present.

Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems with the treatment process or pipes that distribute the water.