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Aqua Utilities lifts boil water advisory for Jasmine Lakes area

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Boil water notice lifted for Jasmine Lakes

Aqua Utilities lifted its boil water notice Tuesday afternoon for Jasmine Lakes customers after a series of tests showed the water was safe for consumption.

The boil water notice went out Friday after a routine test showed traces of E. coli in one of the four wells serving the Jasmine Lakes area, said Mike Pickel, the utility's senior engineer for environmental compliance.

That well contained water that had not yet been treated, Pickel said. Tests taken that same day of treated water in other parts of the distribution system showed no signs of E. coli, he said.

Aqua Utilities, which serves about 1,500 homes in the Jasmine Lakes area, made automated calls Friday warning customers to boil the water first before using it for drinking or cooking.

By state law, the utility must conduct five follow-up tests with clean results before the boil notice can be lifted, said Ana Gibbs, spokeswoman for the Department of Environmental Protection. The last tests came back clean Tuesday.

A new round of automated calls began Tuesday to tell customers the boil notice had been lifted. Customers can call Aqua Utilities toll-free at 1-877-987-2782.

Aqua Utilities lifts boil water advisory for Jasmine Lakes area 04/20/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 9:10pm]

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