Second test on Kent County water free of E. coli

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The second day of water tests following the discovery of E. coli in a Kent County Water Authority storage tank found no contamination.

WJAR-TV reports ( ) that Tuesday’s results came back clean.

A boil-water advisory is affecting about 25,000 residential and business customers, including Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who lives in a section of Warwick that gets its water from the authority.

Three consecutive days of normal results are required before the advisory will be lifted.

Health Department Director Michael Fine said Tuesday no illnesses have been reported and the advisory was put in place out of an abundance of caution.

Several local officials have criticized the authority for how long it took to notify the public. Authority General Manager Timothy Brown said notification was well within the required 24-hour period.


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