VILLAGE OF ALDEN, N.Y. (WKBW) — A boil water notice has been issued for the Village of Alden.
Officials say E. coli bacteria were found in the finished water from one village well and a residence in the distribution system Thursday.
Customers of the Village of Alden water system should bring their water to a rolling boil, boil for one minute and cool before using or use bottled water.
Boiling the water or using bottled water should continue until further notice for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing food.
A release from Village officials said:
"The presence of Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Harmful microbes in these wastes, including E. coli, can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. These may pose a special health risk for infants, some elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. But these symptoms are not just caused by harmful microbes in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you should seek medical advice."
According to the release, officials continue to take samples from wells and sites throughout the distribution area, it is unknown at this time what the source of the problem is.
"We are working with the Erie County Department of Health to determine what additional steps may be necessary. As a precautionary measure we are directing all water customers to follow the above boil water notice. It is likely that you will need to boil water for at least several days until the problem is fixed. You will be informed when tests show that you no longer need to boil your water."