CLARKSBURG -- The state lifted a two-month-old boil water order for homes on the Briggsville Water System on Monday.
A notice from the town issued to residents who receive water from the system states "it is no longer necessary to use boiled water for drinking, making ice, food preparation, brushing teeth and washing dishes."
The state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued the order on July 12, after E. coli and coliform bacteria were found in the water supply.
Information from the DEP website show the water system serves nearly 200 residents, with 63 homes and Town Hall connected to it. Homes in the system are in the area of Carson and Demers avenues, Cross Road, and a section of River Road between the Red Mill Bridge and Town Hall. The system's overflow, the Red Mill Spring on the side of Route 8, was also affected by the order.
The DEP required three clean samples be taken before an order can be lifted. State officials also require water system operators to treat the water with chlorine.
A letter from the DEP announcing the order's termination states that the system's chlorine disinfection system must remain in operating until further notice.
Information from the DEP states the presence of E. coli bacteria may be caused by animal or human waste. Consuming water with the E. coli can cause diarrhea, headaches, and nausea.