HIGH POINT, N.C. – Food Lion, Walmart, Harris Teeter and Lowe’s Foods will give out free water today after E.coli bacteria was found in High Point’s water supply.
At Food Lion, free bottled water will be given out between 8 and 10 a.m. and again from 4 to 6 p.m. at locations at 3935 Brian Jordan Place, 1107 E. Lexington Ave., 2200 Westchester Drive and 10102-F S. Main St. in Archdale.
The Walmart location at 2628 S. Main St. will give out free water while supplies last starting at noon. Each person can get six bottles of water, totaling about a gallon, according to a spokesperson.
The Lowe’s Foods at 1236 Guilford College Road in Jamestown will also give out free water from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Harris Teeter will give out free water from noon to 6 p.m. at 1589 Skeet Club Road, Suite 140 and 265 Eastchester Drive, Suite 121.
A water boil advisory was issued Friday in High Point and Jamestown after city officials said E.coli/Fecal coliform bacteria was found in High Point’s water supply.
North Carolina officials ask residents to boil all water used for consumption for at least one minute or use bottled water. Officials advise against consumption by drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation.
High Point issued the advisory at about 1:30 p.m. Friday. The problem is expected to be resolved within two days.
The city of High Point has increased sampling and water mains are being flushed. Samples taken above and below the positive sample location showed no bacteria, which indicates an isolated incident.
The sample was taken from a private water line on Sherry Court in Jamestown. Jamestown’s water supply is a consecutive system of High Point’s, according to Jamestown Public Services Director Paul Blanchard.
The bacteria can make people sick and is of particular concern for residents with weakened immune systems. E. coli symptoms can include vomiting, fever and diarrhea.
While one of the Food Lion locations giving out free water is in Archdale, the water in Archdale is safe to drink.