Smithfield, North Carolina E-Coli Contamination

As reported, Smithfield’s water system is contaminated with potentially deadly E. Coli bacteria, according to test results released Wednesday afternoon, prompting town officials to order residents and businesses to boil water before using it.

Town officials used a reverse 9-1-1 system to broadcast an order that could be lifted as early as this afternoon if additional tests show the bacteria are gone.

Smithfield Utilities Director Earl Botkin said the contamination has been isolated to a home in the Longview Drive area of West Smithfield. Other testing sites are coming up clear, he said, but state regulations require the mandatory boil-water order.

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