DEERFIELD BEACH (CBSMiami) – Live in Deerfield Beach? City officials are advising residents not to drink the water—without boiling first.

A boil water notice has been issued for Deerfield Beach after the North Broward Regional well field, from which the city gets a portion of its groundwater, detected E. coli (fecal indicators) in one of the wells.

The well, the city says, is not responsible for maintenance of the North Broward Regional well field. The city, however, is alerting consumers and is working to fix the problem.

One process control sample, according to city officials, in the well field tested positive for Total Coliform and E. Coli.

While the well is being treated and repaired, and is no longer feeding groundwater to the city’s water treatment plant, the city is calling for residents to boil their water before using.

Just to be sure, the City of Deerfield Beach is collecting additional bacteriological samples throughout the distribution system to rule out any contamination.

The sampling began Thursday and will continue for two days or until necessary to ensure the safety of the drinking water.

There are approximately 78,000 residents in Deerfield, and according to officials, approximately 60,000 of them are affected.

The areas within the City of Deerfield Beach that are affected by this notice are zip codes 33441, 33442 and only North of SW 15th Street within the zip code 33064.

How to properly boil water: bring all water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using it. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Using bottled water in the meantime is always an option.

General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791.

Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, cramps, and associated headaches.

Fecal indicators are microbes whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes.

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