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High bacteria levels prompt boil water order in Sydney area

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    Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 7:59 AM -

    People in and around Sydney, Nova Scotia will have to continue boiling their water until at least Thursday because of elevated bacteria counts.

    Residents and businesses have been told to boil all water for at least two minutes before drinking or consuming it in other ways, such as making baby formula, ice, teeth brushing and washing fruit.

    The rules also affect restaurants, hospitals, businesses, offices and educational institutions. 

    The Sydney water system includes Sydney River, Coxheath, Westmount, Grand Lake Road, Prime Brook, Mira Road, South Bar and Membertou. 

    Water Operations Manager Greg Penney said that the boil advisory is being issued as a precautionary measure resulting from one water sample which indicated quality concerns. 

    “The regulations are very clear with respect to how we would lift the advisory." 

    Penney says he can't remember such a widespread advisory being issued. 

    He says it's still not clear what's causing the problem, but suggests it could be due to heavy rainfall or a leak. 

    The Utility is closely monitoring the situation and is continuing to test the water throughout the distribution system. 

    With files from The Canadian Press

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