Mansfield issues boil water order after E. coli found in drinking water

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Mansfield instituted a boil water order Sunday after remnants of E. coli bacteria were found in the town’s drinking water.

Mansfield is advising residents to avoid drinking water without boiling it first and discarding any ice, beverages or foods prepared with water collected from the public system on or after September 7.

The Town of Mansfield told residents that they would be able to receive free drinking water at the Department of Public Works office from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday; although a Boston 25 photographer on the scene reported that the water did not arrive until almost 4:30 p.m.

The water boil ban will be in effect until further notice and until the town has received three negative daily tests, according to Town of Mansfield’s website.

The presence of E. coli bacteria may indicate the drinking water has been contaminated with human or animal waste.

The E. coli bacteria was first found in a water sample collected last Wednesday.

Three repeat samples were also collected on Friday.

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