The presence of these microorganisms in water indicates that it has been contaminated with stool. Such contaminated water can contain microbes (bacteria, viruses or parasites) that cause health problems. To be safe, drinking water should not contain any of these micro organisms.
Water contaminated with micro organisms can cause gastroenteritis, the symptoms of which include:
As soon as they are informed about the presence of Escherichia coli or fecal coliforms in water, drinking water distribution system officials must issue a boil water advisory.
Bring water to a rolling boil for at least one minute before consumption, or use bottled water to:
You may use tap water without boiling it to:
Make sure that babies and young children do not swallow water when taking a bath. You can also bathe them with a washcloth.
Last update: November 25, 2016 11:19 AM
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