Eclipsing even the ongoing issue of funding the school system, the town of Colonial Beach spent part of last week under a boil water notice due to test results from earlier in July.
A sample taken from a home on Mimosa Avenue tested positive for Escherichia coli, more commonly known as e coli. It is found in the intestines of warm-blooded organisms. Studies of e coli have found traces of it on all surfaces in most homes.
The first sample was taken on July 8. Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Drinking Water notified the town on July 14 that the contamination was found. Further samples were given on July 15. Two of those samples showed Total Coliform in samples, but not e coli.
Due to the second set of testing, the VDH notified the town on July 21 that a boil water notice be issued. Town officials used the Code Red emergency alert system, the town information on Metrocast’s Channel 8 and had staff go door to door with notices.
According to council member Gary Seeber, the town was told to inform everyone in town regardless of the fact that only one section of the town’s water system was affected. Colonial Beach’s water system has three separate wells that each cover a specific portion of the town.