E. coli found in water from city fires, police facilities

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Authorities issued a boil water advisory Monday after E. coli and total coliform contaminants were found in water samples in West Baltimore. At a Monday night press conference, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said the Department of Public Works was notified Saturday of a possible positive test. during routine testing on Friday. The mayor said DPW did not know the source of the contamination. City DPW Director Jason Mitchell said E. coli did not come from sewage treatment plants. The mayor said no illnesses resulting from the contaminated water had been reported Monday night. a positive test result was found at the fire station located at 1503 W. Lafayette Ave. and at two police stations at 1034 N. Mount St. and 920 N. Carey St. Other locations in the affected area are continually being tested, DPW said. Area affected by boil water advisoryThe boil water for one minute advisory is in effect for residents, businesses and other facilities in the Sandtown-Winchester and Harlem Park neighborhoods in the west of Baltimore, including portions of North and South Riggs Avenue, West Franklin Street, and East and West Carey Street to Pulaski Street. An initial map released by the DPW of the city included parts of Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties, and suggested those areas boil their water only as a precaution. But a spokesperson for the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works told 11 News: ‘Anne Arundel does not currently purchase water from the city. ‘need to boil water…no water from the city of Baltimore has entered the Anne Arundel County public water supply system.The city’s health commissioner, the Dr Letitia Dzirasa, said residents and inhabitants of the affected area should boil water for one minute and allow it to cool before: Drinking Brushing teeth Washing fruits and vegetables Preparing baby food and baby formula Make ice Feed pets Wash dishes Prepare food doneThe Baltimore City Office of Emergency Management is actively monitoring the situation, officials said. The Maryland Department of Emergency Management ta you weeted shortly after 8:30 p.m. that he had increased the state’s activation level to support the city: “We are coordinating with the city of Baltimore and other jurisdictions and stand ready to assist.” The city has put in place a water distribution center at Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School, dispensing 1-gallon jugs. Over 1,700 gallons of water were distributed. Officials said a donation from Nestlé would help distribute water again on Tuesday. We have school here. Children need to drink water. We have a head start here. Children need to drink water. They need water to wash their face, brush their teeth. They need water to wash themselves. How about washing up? One gallon per household won’t be enough,” said Yolanda Sellers, a resident. Some residents have expressed their frustration because the municipal authorities have done so. not explain how and why it happened until a press conference was held later Monday evening. “There’s E. coli in the water and it’s been contaminated and we need to see why and what’s going to happen in this community,” said resident Ianthia Darden. “Can I wash my clothes? No. Can I drink the water from my fridge filter? No. Not sure. were out in force performing leak detection, valve assessments and increasing chlorination in the area Staff and students will continue to use bottled water for drinking and all meals will be prepared offsite for the following schools:Furley Elementary SchoolHarlem Park Elementary/Middle SchoolBluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy WestFrederick Elementary SchoolAugusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual ArtsCareer AcademyWhat are E. coli and total coliforms?According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the E. coli bacteria can be present in the environment, food, and the intestines of people and animals. Although most strains are harmless, others can make you sick. Some types of bacteria can cause diarrhea, while others cause urinary tract infections, respiratory illnesses and pneumonia and other illnesses, the CDC said. The CDC defines total coliforms as a group containing fecal and non-fecal coliforms that are detected in water using a standard test. The extent to which total coliforms are present in the water can indicate the overall quality of that water and the likelihood that the water is fecally contaminated from animal and/or human sources.

Authorities issued a boil water advisory Monday after E. coli and total coliform contaminants were found in water samples in West Baltimore.

At a Monday night press conference, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said the Department of Public Works was notified on Saturday of a possible positive test during routine testing on Friday. The mayor said DPW did not know the source of the contamination.

The mayor said no illnesses due to contaminated water had been reported Monday evening.

According to DPW officials, water was sampled at multiple locations and a positive test result was found at the fire station located at 1503 W. Lafayette Ave. and at two police stations at 1034 N. Mount St. and 920 N. Carey St. Other locations in the affected area are being tested continuously, DPW said.

Sector affected by the boil water advisory

The one-minute boil water advisory is in effect for residents, businesses and other facilities in the Sandtown-Winchester and Harlem Park neighborhoods in West Baltimore, including parts of North and South Riggs Avenue , West Franklin Street and East and West Carey Street for Pulaski Street.

An initial map released by the city’s DPW included parts of Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties and suggested that those areas boil their water only as a precaution. But a spokesperson for the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works told 11 News: ‘Anne Arundel does not currently purchase water from the city. ‘need to boil water…no Baltimore city water entered Anne Arundel County’s public water supply system.’

A larger area of ​​West Baltimore and part of Southwest Baltimore County are part of the precautionary boil water advisory, the mayor said.

What residents of the affected area should do

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa said residents and people in the affected area should boil water for one minute and let it cool before:

  • While drinking
  • Brushing teeth
  • Wash fruits and vegetables
  • Preparing baby food and formula
  • make ice cream
  • Give to pets
  • Wash the dishes
  • food preparation

What’s happening

The City of Baltimore’s Emergency Management Office is actively monitoring the situation, officials said.

The Maryland Department of Emergency Management tweeted shortly after 8:30 p.m. that it had increased the state’s activation level to support the city: “We are coordinating with the City of Baltimore and other jurisdictions and are prepared. to help.”

The city set up a water distribution center at Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School, dispensing 1-gallon jugs. Over 1,700 gallons of water were distributed. Officials said a donation from Nestlé would help distribute water again on Tuesday.

There was no immediate indication of how long the boil water advisory will last or whether the city will continue to distribute bottled water.

Some residents who got drinking water were upset about the small amount, especially if the advisory lasts longer than a day.

“(I am) very worried. We have school here. The children need to drink water. We have a head start here. The children need to drink water. They need “water to wash their face, brush their teeth. They need water to bathe. How about bathing? One gallon per household won’t be enough,” said Yolanda Sellers, a resident.

Baltimore DPW through Anne Arundel County DPW

Boil water advisory for designated area. Baltimore City DPW says expanding the map to Baltimore County is precautionary and that DPW’s most recent water samples from those areas tested negative for contaminants. The Anne Arundel County DPW said no city water is entering its system and its residents do not need to boil their water.

Some residents expressed frustration that city officials did not explain how and why it happened until a press conference was held later Monday night.

“There is E. coli in the water and it has been contaminated and we need to see why and what is going to happen in this community,” said Ianthia Darden, a resident.

“Can I wash my clothes? No. Can I drink the water from my fridge filter? No. Not sure. You shouldn’t take the risk,” said resident Cathy Morrell.

City DPW contractors were out in force performing leak detection, valve assessments, and increasing chlorination in the area.

Baltimore City Public Schools said it will provide hand sanitizer to staff and students to use for all handwashing. Staff and students will continue to use bottled water for drinking, and all meals will be prepared offsite for the following schools:

  • Furley Primary School
  • Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School
  • Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy West
  • Frederick Elementary School
  • Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts
  • Career Academy

What are E. coli and total coliforms?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, E. coli bacteria can be found in the environment, food, and the intestines of people and animals. Although most strains are harmless, others can make you sick.

Certain kinds of bacteria can cause diarrhea, while others cause urinary tract infections, respiratory illnesses, pneumonia and other illnesses, the CDC said.

The CDC defines total coliforms as a group containing fecal and non-fecal coliforms that are detected in water using a standard test. The extent to which total coliforms are present in the water can indicate the overall quality of that water and the likelihood that the water is fecally contaminated from animal and/or human sources.

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