No E. coli contamination: Selbyville water safe to use


SELBYVILLE – Two days after a major water main was ruptured, Town of Selbyville water was deemed safe to use and consume.

Selbyville Town Manager Michael Deal announced late Wednesday morning the boil water advisory was lifted as tests showed no sign of E. coli bacteria contamination.

The Division of Public Health Office of Drinking Water had collecting samples Tuesday, in the aftermath of the water main break.

“Everything came back OK,” said Mr. Deal. “The boil water advisory has been lifted and water is safe to use.”

Water service was disrupted around 5:30 p.m. Monday when a utility company struck a major 12-inch water main on Church Street.

Approximately 2,220 customers were impacted, Mr. Deal said.

The main line break drained the water towers, resulting in the possibility of E. coli bacteria contamination in the water supply, Mr. Deal said.

Town staff distributed notice of the boil water advisory door to door throughout the town, with information on E. coli and what to do and what not to do during the boil water advisory.

Repairs were completed early Tuesday morning, and additional chlorine was added to the water system.

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