UPDATE: Health officials rescinded the boil water order Monday after finding no evidence of E. coli in new water samples, meaning water is safe to ingest without having to boil it first.
WINNEMUCCA, NV -- Officials are warning people in parts of Winnemucca to boil their water before drinking it. The boil order pertains to City of Winnemucca water customers in the areas east of Central Street, south of Sunny Drive, and southeast of Minor Street and East Winnemucca Blvd and in the Warmoth Addition.
The City of Winnemucca website states Railroad Spring recently tested positive for E. coli. Boiling kills the bacteria and other organisms in the water.
Officials warn residents not to use the water for drinking, making ice, tooth-brushing, dish washing, or food preparation without boiling it first. You should bring all of the water to a boil and let it continue to boil for a full minute before allowing it to cool before use. Of course, bottled water is an option as well.
Health problems associated with E. coli exposure include diarrhea, nausea, cramps, headaches, and other symptoms.
Winnemucca officials say residents will be notified when the water is safe to drink again.
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