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Glens Falls issues boil-water notice

2012-07-11T17:35:00Z 2012-07-12T12:19:18Z Glens Falls issues boil-water noticeMAURY THOMPSON -- Glens Falls Post-Star

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,

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.

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  1. sweidner
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    sweidner - July 12, 2012 2:45 pm
    The article identified coliform bacteria as the culprit. That is a far cry from E-Coli contamination. This forum is a wealth of misinformation.
  2. Sceptical Mass
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    Sceptical Mass - July 12, 2012 7:37 am
    Maybe the Village of Whitehall is outsourcing some technical advice.......
  3. gfguru
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    gfguru - July 12, 2012 2:09 am
    Does anyone notice how bad the stench has gotten between Stewarts and Iron Clad in the last two years?
  4. Galaxyboy3000
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    Galaxyboy3000 - July 12, 2012 1:38 am
  5. pfenton
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    pfenton - July 12, 2012 12:07 am
    The city water department pays a Plant Operator over $60,000. per year along with an assistant who also is paid $60,000. per year to oversee a filtration plant which is largely computerized (i.e. it more or less runs itself). What are these two emplotee's who are making in excess of $75,000 per year (taking benefit's into consideration) doing or not doing that would result in the first city-wide "bolil water" order in recent history?
  6. pfenton
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    pfenton - July 11, 2012 9:39 pm
    I thought that Water Filtration Plant up behind Sears was supposed to eliminate or minimize the chance of E-Coli in the water.
  7. GFReader65
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    GFReader65 - July 11, 2012 8:54 pm
    Help me to understand how we spent millions of dollars on a filtration plant and still have this happening??!!
  8. waterdrinker
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    waterdrinker - July 11, 2012 6:58 pm
    How fitting since i just got my water bill in todays mail, i hope they pay me back retroactively for not being able to give my kid a bath for 48 hours (she likes to drink the water)


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