WVN ALERT: Coliform bacteria in town water
- Dear Wayland Voter,
Coliform bacteria were detected in Wayland's drinking water in August, the Department of Public Works reports.
The DPW announcement emphasized that this doesn't represent an emergency:
"You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor. People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-4791."
The DPW says it is monitoring chlorine levels and that testing since August showed no sign of coliform bacteria, which occur naturally and are used as an indicator that other potentially harmful bacteria may be present.
The following DPW/Wayland Water Division notification to the public is required by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection:
Residents may recall receiving a similar notice in the mail in October 2011 after a coliform non-compliance occurred a year ago.
You can call Michael Hatch at 508-358-3699 for more information.