Update (Jan. 14, 2021): Natick Department of Public Works reports that “Crews have found no signs of tampering of the water distribution system during their physical reviews of well sites, water treatment facilities, and water storage facilities. Inspections were conducted through the night and continue.”
Natick’s Department of Public Works issued an alert to residents on Wednesday that they should boil water, per order of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, for at least a minute before consuming it in light of E. coli bacteria being discovered in drinking water samples collected on Jan. 12.
The issue also affects around 80 homes in Wellesley.
Water should also be boiled before using it in food preparation, brushing teeth, and washing dishes, or use bottled water. E. coli bacteria can make you ill, and is a particular concern for those with weakened immune systems.
This warning applies until further notice.
According to the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, “Pets: The same precautions to protect humans apply to pets. Do not expose aquatic organisms (e.g., fish) to water containing elevated bacteria levels. If you need to refresh the organism’s water, use appropriately boiled or bottled water.”
The town has removed water sources that tested positive and has increased water disinfection treatments.
“The town hopes to resolve this inconvenience within the next few days,” according to a Natick recording.
When the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection issues a public health order, public water suppliers are required to notify customers.