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Bacteria Found In Delray Beach City Water System, No Boil Order In Effect

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DELRAY BEACH, FL ( (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The City of Delray Beach is advising water customers Sunday afternoon that E. Coli has been found in a well that the City claims is not currently in use. The City has NOT issued a boil water advisory.

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Here is the official announcement from City of Delray Beach:

One Delray Beach raw well tested positive for E. Coli. There is no health risk associated with this test result and no boil water notice has been issued.  

On February 20, 2021, the City of Delray Beach (City) Utilities Department, which serves the City and the Town of Gulf Stream, detected the presence of a fecal indicator (E. Coli) in a single sample taken from one of the City’s 30 water supply wells before it went through the water treatment plant. This well has not been in operation since January 22, 2021 and was placed in operation only from 8:12 a.m. till 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 19, 2021 to enable staff collect a water sample. This well will remain out-of-service until it is cleared for use by the Florida Department of Health.

The water from the wells is treated at the City’s lime softening water treatment plant, which uses multiple treatment processes, including clarification, sand filtration and disinfection to effectively remove harmful bacteria and other impurities. Water samples taken February 20th, 2021 at the water treatment plant of Drinking Water all tested negative for coliform bacteria.

This notice is required by federal and state regulations and is to inform our customers of what the City is doing to remedy this situation. To ensure your water supply remains safe, the City is:

• Keeping the water supply well out of service until the cause of the problem can be determined and corrected

• Conducting additional water supply well sampling

• Conducting required daily process sampling at the water treatment plant

• Maintaining compliance with the requirements of drinking water regulations

There is no health risk associated with this test result and no boil water notice has been issued.  Fecal indicators are microbes whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term health effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.


Paul Saperstein


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