Water boil advisory lifted in High Point, Jamestown; water safe to drink

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — The water boil advisory for High Point and Jamestown has been lifted after water tests came back clean on Saturday.

High Point city officials said Saturday that it is no longer necessary to boil water and it is safe to drink and use.

The Department of Public Services sent out 42 tests across the city’s water network after the advisory was issued Friday after E. coli bacteria was found in High Point's water supply. North Carolina officials had asked residents to boil all water used for consumption for at least one minute or use bottled water.

The advisory was lifted after a laboratory analysis of all 42 water samples came back clean of the bacteria.

City officials are calling this an isolated incident. On Thursday, the city received a sample that tested positive for E Coli taken from a private water line on Sherry Court in Jamestown. The sample was taken from an outdoor faucet. Other samples were taken on the property, and came back clean as well.

Per protocol, the city had to retest the site to confirm the results, and it takes 24 hours for test results to come in from the lab. Department of Public Services Director Terry Houk said this procedure is why the advisory went out the next day.

“It's always good to be proactive, just to be sure, but because we had two positive hits at the same location we were required to go to a boil water advisory,” Houk said.

Jamestown’s water supply is a consecutive system of High Point’s, according to Jamestown Public Services Director Paul Blanchard.

Since the situation was isolated, the entire water system is clean of the E Coli bacteria. It is safe to resume drinking city water, washing dishes and preparing meals.

While the advisory was in place, organizations had to adapt for two large events happening in High Point. The city’s Convention & Visitor’s Bureau estimates about 20,000 people will be visiting for High Point University’s move in, and the Furniture City Classic soccer tournament.

High Point University officials stocked each room with a water bottle for students, providing water coolers for parents and families moving new students.

Furniture City Classic tournament organizers worked to get donations of soda, sports drinks and bottled water for referees and athletes. High Point Parks and Recreation supplied hand sanitizer for the field bathrooms.