Just before a busy summer weekend one Jersey Shore town was dealing with a dirty water situation.
A boil water advisory was issued for Ventnor City on Friday afternoon.
E. coli, a.k.a. fecal coliform, were found in the city water supply Wednesday, officials said.
Bacterial contamination can occur when increased run-off enters the drinking water source (for example, following heavy rains). It can also happen due to a break in the distribution system (pipes) or a failure in the water treatment process.
Anyone down the shore or living in Ventnor should boil their water for one minute and let it cool before drinking, washing dishes, brushing teeth, rinsing food or any other activities that use water.
Officials hope to solve the problem ASAP but it could take up to 72 hours, they said.
On top of the boil advisory, officials warned against swimming, fishing or crabbing in the area of Fulton and Harvard Avenues, a.k.a. Ski Beach, according to officials.
For the latest go the Ventnor City website.
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