Good afternoon. This is Pamela DeSoto with the Town of Elon.
Earlier this afternoon we were notified by the City of Burlington that E. coli/Fecal coliform bacteria were detected at a specific location in their water system. Samples taken within the system immediately upstream and downstream of the location indicated no bacteria present, suggesting that this is an isolated incident within Burlington’s system. However, out of an abundance of caution, Burlington has issued a Boil Water Notice for all of their water supply customers, which includes all Elon public water users.
Until further notice, do not drink your water without boiling it first. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation. Boiling as instructed will kill bacteria and other organisms in the water that may be harmful, especially to vulnerable individuals such as infants, young children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems. If you or anyone in your household experience persistent symptoms such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, or headaches you are advised to seek medical advice.
The City of Burlington has increased its bacteriological sampling and are taking every effort to resolve this issue. Upon the State’s approval, they will inform the Town of Elon when tests show no bacteria and we will advise our water customers that the Boil Water Notice has been lifted. Burlington anticipates resolving the problem within two days.