Boil order issued for western Jaffrey residents due to E. coli contamination 

  • Town of Jaffrey Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/15/2021 10:36:03 AM

The town of Jaffrey issued a boil order to western Jaffrey residents Tuesday after discovering that the Jaffrey water system is contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

The E. coli bacteria lives in water that has been contaminated by animal or human waste. Drinking E. coli infected water can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. Young children, the elderly, or those with compromised immune systems are particularly at risk.

The bacteria was found in water samples collected on Monday, Sept. 13, according to a boil water notice posted on the town website Tuesday evening. The Jaffrey Water Department is currently consulting with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services to investigate the cause of the contamination.

“We anticipate resolving the problem within the next few days,” the order reads. “The Boil Order will remain in effect until lifted by the NH DES. The advisory will remain in effect until additional samples no longer show the presence of the bacteria.”

The town is flushing the water system, as well as taking additional samples in the affected area and increasing the chlorine dosage to negate the impact.

The areas effected, and which should begin to boil water for use until further notice include every address located west of Highland Avenue, including Highland Avenue, Prospect Street, Main Street, Matchpoint Road, Sawtelle Road, Harkness Road, Cutter Hill Road, Bryant Road, Parsons Lane, the Jaffrey Center, Torndike Pond Road, Blackberry Lane, First Tavern Road, Gilmore Pond Road, Sandy Lane, Main Street to Hath Road, Dublin Road, Mountain Road and Mark Street.

The problem is isolated to the western portion of town. Those in effected areas should bring water to a vigorous boil for two minutes and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Pre-boiled water should be used for drinking, brushing teeth, washing food or dishes, infant formula, all food preparation and consumption and making ice.

For more general guidelines on ways to lessen risk of infection, call the Environmental Protection Services Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791.


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