Stoneham officials issued a mandatory boil water order Friday after coliform bacteria was detected in the town’s water supply.
The order will remain in place until Sunday as officials investigate further. Until then, residents and business owners have been urged to boil tap water when using it for hand washing, brushing teeth, cooking, drinking, and “other human consumption,” town officials said in a statement.
Water from a sampling station on Whipple Avenue tested positive for the bacteria. E. Coli, an illness-causing member of the coliform bacteria group, has yet to be detected in samples. Residents have not reported any issues with the town’s water supply as of Friday afternoon, authorities said.
Bottled water and hand sanitizer were made available to Stoneham Public Schools students and will continue to be available next week, Superintendent John Macera said.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience and we will do our best to make sure that the order gets lifted as quickly as possible,” Fire Chief and Acting Emergency Management Director Matthew Grafton said.