A boil water advisory has been issued for residents of a New Jersey town after E. Coli was detected in the water supply.
On Monday, the Hunterdon County Department of Public Safety sent a notice to residents of Stockton, New Jersey reporting that samples collected from the Stockton Borough Water Company’s Well #3 tested positive for a fecal indicator (E. Coli.)
Fecal indicators are microbes that indicate that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Drinking or touching water contaminated with fecal indicators can lead to several symptoms including diarrhea, cramps, nausea and headaches. Infants, young children, the elderly and people with weak immune systems are especially at risk.
County officials say that while the raw water sample from well #3 tested positive for E. Coli, tests came up negative for the finished and treated water.
Residents of the Stockton Borough are advised to either use bottled water or boil their water for one minute before using it.
Officials say they will continue to test the water until the advisory is lifted.
For more information on the advisory, call the Borough of Stockton at 609-397-0070.