MARGATE (CBS4) – Officials in Margate and Coconut Creek are warning their residents to boil their drinking water after well water tests came back positive for traces of fecal matter.

The well in question has been removed from service and further tests will be performed to determine when the well water will be safe to drink.

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City officials recommend bringing water to a rolling boil, then continue to boil the water for one minute, before cooling and drinking. Officials are encouraging residents to use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, preparing food, and washing dishes until tests on the contaminated water show levels have returned to normal.

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For more information and updates, visit Margate’s website at or the Broward County Health Department’s website at You may also contact Reddy Chitepu, P.E., Director, at (954) 972-0828 or Jerry A. Blough, City Manager, at (954) 935-5300.