Boil water notice lifted for the Biloxi peninsula

No E. Coli Found, But Boil Water Notice Remains For City Of Biloxi

The Mississippi State Department has lifted the boil water notice that it put into effect for areas south of the bay.

At 4:30 p.m. today, the State Department of Health stated that the water testing has shown the drinking water is safe and Biloxi customers south of the bay, from Point Cadet to Debuys Road, may now resume the usual use of their water without the need to boil it.

The State Department of Health issued a boil water notice on Dec. 9 after E. coli was found in one raw sample at the Bradford Street water well. The well was immediately taken offline and flushed. Two follow-up tests were conducted that showed no presence of E. coli at the well.

The State Department of Health’s procedure is for mandatory follow-up testing to be conducted. Through the mandatory tests, a random sample showed the presence of coliform, an environmental bacterium that normally does not require the issuing of a boil water notice.

The City of Biloxi has worked with the State Department of Health in making sure the appropriate steps were taken to ensure public health. Those efforts include notifying the public of the issue and working to resolve it as quickly and responsibly as possible.

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