UPDATE: Boil water order lifted for Tallahassee subdivision with positive E. coli test

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
October 7, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - A boil water order for the Brewster Estates subdivision in Tallahassee has been lifted, U.S. Water Services Corporation said.

The order was issued on Friday after the water provider said an E. coli test came back positive in its well.

Customers in the subdivision no longer have to boil their water before using it.

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
October 4, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – A water provider is warning residents in one neighborhood to boil their water after tests showed E. coli in the subdivision’s well.

U.S. Water Services Corporation provides water for the Brewster Subdivision, located on Tallahassee’s east side off Mahan Drive.

In a warning letter posted on the doors of residents’ homes, the company says the water system “detected a fecal indicator (E. coli)” in the well.

The company says it learned of the positive test on Thursday, and it promptly collected five samples from the well to determine the extent of the problem. They're still waiting for those test results.

The warning letter says residents should not drink the water without bringing it to a rolling boil for at least a minute. It says boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, preparing food, and washing dishes. The letter goes on to say people with compromised immune systems should consult their doctor.

Brewster Subdivision has approximately 80 homes and consists of Brewster Road, Panther Creek Road, and Bear Creek Road.

WCTV has reached out to US Water Services for more information. The company says it has opened an interconnect in Brewster Estates with the City of Tallahassee.

This means that water is now temporarily coming from the city, not from the well.

The water boil warning is still in effect until the Department of Environmental Protection gives clearance.

US Water Services has six systems in Tallahassee. The company says it has 169 customers in Brewster Estates, most of whom live in duplexes.

The company says residents who want more information should contact US Water Services at its New Port Richey headquarters at 866-753-8292.

According to its website, U.S. Water Services Corporation provides daily potable water to more than a million customers in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Oklahoma and Texas.

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