GLENS FALLS -- The state Department of Health issued a boil-water order for customers of the Glens Falls water system Wednesday after coliform bacteria was detected in routine testing of water samples.
“We’re not sure why; we don’t have anything unusual going on,” said City Engineer Steve Gurzler.
The order will be in effect for at least 48 hours, Gurzler said.
As a precautionary measure, all tap water used for human consumption or food preparation should be boiled at a rolling boil for at least one minute, then cooled before use, according to a Department of Health notice.
Gurzler said additional information is available on the city website, www.cityofglensfalls.com.
Water Department employees were distributing information Wednesday afternoon to restaurants about precautionary measures they should take in food preparation, Gurzler said.
On Wednesday evening, the Warren County Sheriff's Office was using automated calls to inform residents in affected areas about the boil-water notice.
Gurzler said the bacteria showed up in some of the samples in the latest round of routine water quality testing.
“The tests were not grouped in any one area. We had good and bad tests scattered kind of throughout the city,” he said. “As a public health advisory, we’re double-checking all of our equipment and we’re doing sampling to make sure that all of the water is good.”
The Glens Falls water system services residences and businesses in Glens Falls and some portions of Queensbury.