FAIRHAVEN — Fairhaven residents are being advised to boil their water through next Tuesday after E. coli was found in the water system.

The order comes from the town's Superintendent of Public Works Vincent Furtado, who stated that samples collected on Tuesday showed one hit of E. coli bacteria in the untreated water well.

After the well was taken out of service and additional water samples were collected, another count of E. coli was found in the distribution system of treated water.

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Furtado said that although only one of the numerous samples showed a single count of E. coli, according to state environmental regulations and to ensure everyone's safety a boil water order has been issued.

More water samples have been collected today and will be collected again on Monday and Tuesday, Furtado said.

If no bacteria is present in the samples, the boil water order will be lifted on Wednesday.

E. coli is a fecal coliform bacteria that can cause fever, stomach cramps, diarrhoea and vomiting.

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