St. Johns County Utilities on Friday night issued a boil water notice in St. Augustine for about 37,000 customers south of County Road 214 to the Flagler/St. Johns County line.
The notice includes customers on Anastasia Island, according to the county. The county issued the following advisement for people affected:
"Under the Boil Water Notice, all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing dishes should be boiled first. A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient. As an alternative bottled water may be used. The Boil Water Notice will remain in effect until lab tests confirm that the water is safe to drink and a retraction notice is posted, which is typically a minimum of two days.
"Citizens may call our Boil Water Notice Hotline at (904) 209-2731 for updated information or visit our website at www.sjcutility.us. Code Red calls were used to notify the public of the Boil Water Notice. Code Red calls will also be used once the notice is rescinded."
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Tony Cubbedge with St. Johns County Utilities said raw water well drawn out of the ground had detection for E.coli bacteria in a sample taken on Friday. Raw water is treated before being distributed, and there was no bacteria detection in the sampling of the distribution system, Cubbedge said.
The detection for the bacteria in the raw water well could be due to recent rain or possibly human error in the collection. The well fields are located west of Interstate 95 and north of CR 214.
Cubbedge said the distribution system is safe and was never compromised.
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