Burney town’s boil water advisory due to E.coli outbreak

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Burney town’s boil water advisory due to E.coli outbreak

Burney, a charming tourist town in Northern California known for its renowned Burney Falls, has been facing a troubling situation. For the past ten days, residents have been advised to boil their tap water or use bottled drinking water due to an outbreak of E. coli in the drinking water. The authorities at the Burney Water District have been taking measures to address the issue.

To disinfect the water system, the district has been using chlorine and closely monitoring its levels. Flushing out the chlorine from the system started on Monday and Tuesday, and testing for E. coli and another type of bacteria called total coliform will be done over two different days. Additional steps were taken by adding sodium hypochlorite to the water storage tanks and injection points at the district wells to further disinfect the water distribution system.

Once the flushing process is completed, the state drinking water regulators will review the information collected, and new water samples will be taken to test for E. coli and total coliform. Based on the test results, a decision will be made to lift the boil water advisory.

It’s crucial for Burney residents to be cautious, as an E. coli infection can lead to severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), and vomiting. While some cases are mild and resolve within a week, others can be serious or even life-threatening.

The representatives from the water district are working hard to resolve the issue, but they do not have a specific timeline for when the boil water advisory will be lifted. Until then, residents are urged to follow the precautionary measures to ensure their safety and well-being.

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