MANSFIELD, Mass. (WLNE) — The boil order began Sunday after the discovery of E. coli in Mansfield’s drinking water.
The order will remain in effect until the city’s water tests come back negative for E. coli for three consecutive days.
Residents can get free drinking water from a dispensing station located in the Department of Public Works complex on East Street. Staff will distribute water from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday and from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Wednesday.
Anyone going to the distribution station will need ID to prove they live in Mansfield.
The bacteria was found in water samples taken on Wednesday. On Friday, the city was notified that the water tested positive for E. coli, at which point they took three replicate samples. One of the samples was positive for coliform bacteria.
“A repeat sample positive for total coliforms constitutes an E. coli maximum contaminant level (MCL) violation after a routine sample positive for E. coli,” the city said in a statement.
Mansfield residents must boil all water before drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and preparing food until further notice.
For more information, visit the city’s website website.