Boil advisory issued for High Point, Jamestown after E. coli bacteria found in water supply

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- E. coli/Fecal coliform bacteria has been found in High Point's water supply and a boil advisory has been issued for High Point and Jamestown.

North Carolina officials ask residents to boil all water used for consumption or use bottled water. They advise against consumption by drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation.

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.

The city issued the advisory at about 1:30 p.m. Friday. The problem is expected to be resolved within two days.

High Point does regular tests on water required by the EPA, according to High Point Public Services Director Terry Houk.

The city will be flushing throughout city at hydrants and will collect 50 samples within next 24 hours.

There should be about an extra 20,000 people in the city this weekend between students arriving to High Point University and the Furniture City Classic soccer tournament, according to the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For more information, contact the EPS Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791 or the City's Customer Service Line at (336) 883-3111.

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