RI health dept. lifts Kent boil-water order

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Health Department has lifted a boil-water advisory affecting tens of thousands of people after a third day of tests showed no E. coli contamination in the Kent County Water Authority system.

The department said Wednesday it is lifting the order because samples have been within acceptable standards for three consecutive days, as required.

The boil order had been affecting about 25,000 residential and business customers in multiple communities.

E. coli bacteria were found in a water authority storage tank during routine testing. The department says an investigation to determine the source of the contamination is ongoing.

The tank from which the positive sample was taken will remain offline for now.

No illnesses had been reported as of Tuesday.

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