HOLLYWOOD (CBSMiami) – A Precautionary Boil Water Notice has been issued for parts of Broward County after a sample from the South Broward Regional Well Field tested positive for E. coli.
The City of Hollywood receives a portion of its water from this well field so the boil water notice is for all customers served by its public utilities system. This notice also impacts the cities of Davie, Dania Beach and Hallandale Beach, the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and sections of Broward County.
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The boil water notice does not affect residents within City of Miramar’s Utilities Service Area. It only affects the area serviced by Broward County that is bounded by Pembroke Road to the north, SR7 (441) to the east, SW 25 Street to the south, and Turnpike to the west.
Hollywood officials said all water received from the South Broward Regional Well Field undergoes disinfection and treatment before being distributed through their water system. Samples tested at the city’s water treatment plant have not shown any contamination. “It’s safe,” said Terry Karda from Broward Water and Waster Water Services. “The drinking water in the distribution system is safe to drink.”
Despite no sign of e coli in treated water, residents and business which get their water from Hollywood should not drink it. Instead, bring it rolling boil for one minute and then let it cool before using consuming it. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, preparing food, and washing dishes until further notice.
Broward Health Emergency Medicine Director Dr. Nabil El Sanadi says the concern is for people who have weakened immune systems. He says while this type of e Coli is not usually fatal, it can make someone very uncomfortable.
“If you develop serious signs and symptoms, abdominal cramps, fever diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, severe watery stools, every time you eat or drink something it goes right thru you, definatley seek medical attention,” he suggested.
Additional tests of water sample from the well field are underway. Hollywood is also conducting its own additional testing on its water samples. Once all sampling comes back satisfactory for two consecutive days the Boil Water Notice will be lifted.