The State Health Department has issued a boil water order for the Cold Spring Road area of the Town of Thompson Water system.
All water for drinking and culinary purposes must be brought to a rolling boil before consuming because coliform bacteria was found in three consecutive samplings on June 16, 18 and 20. The state standard is that no more than one of the samples may be positive.
Whenever coliform bacteria is detected in a sample, follow-up testing is required to determine if other bacteria of greater concern, like E. coli, are present. E. coli was not found in this subsequent testing.
Harmful microbes in drinking water can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms.
An alternative to using boiled water is to use bottled water certified for sale in New York.