Boil water alert continues in the City of Ocean Springs

For the second day in a row, thousands of Ocean Springs residents were forced to boil their water due to E. coli bacteria detected in the water.

One of the most important necessities to every day living is clean water. Oren Zweig is the owner of Lil’ Market in Ocean Springs. He is trying to keep his customers safe. “You know, when we cook our food, we’ll use water, but that food goes through a kill cycle, so that’s fine. Today we’re actually going to be using bottled water.”

From drinking, cooking, bathing, washing clothes, and washing dishes, clean water is a must and something most of us take for granted.

Unclean water can cause headaches, nausea, and it may pose a special health risk for infants or people with severely compromised immune systems. “It’s better safe than sorry.”

The boil water alert impacts over 17,000 customers who are served by the City of Ocean Springs. Although it does impact restaurants and residents, some say they’re not really feeling those impacts thanks to water bottles. Ocean Springs resident Chip Ervin said, “We normally just drink bottled water. We do keep a little back up water for hurricane season actually so it really hasn’t affected us at all.”

Health officials strongly recommend that all water be boiled vigorously for one minute before it is consumed. Public works has submitted additional water tests and the city should have results Friday.

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