The Mississippi State Department of Health has issued a state-imposed Boil Water Alert for 2,922 customers of the Central Rankin Water Association. Water testing has shown the presence of E. coli bacteria.
Health officials strongly recommend that all water be boiled vigorously for one minute before it is consumed.
The precaution will last at least two full days and water system officials will be immediately notified when the boil water alert is lifted.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency sets drinking water standards and has determined that the presence of E. coli is a serious health concern. Its presence indicates the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes.
RELATED: Full Alert on MSDH website.
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