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Kent County businesses coping with boil water order

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By: Melissa Toupin

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Bakers at DiVozzi's are adding a few extra steps to their recipe. The West Warwick business has been boiling water around the clock. The eatery is just one of 25,000 Kent County Water Authority customers that are being affected by contaminated water. Ecoli bacteria were found in a sample taken Friday.

"I want them [customers] to feel comfortable and confident that we are taking every measure that we need to make sure we can still put out a product and keep people safe at the same time," said Owner Robert DiVozzi.

Cases of water have been flying off store shelves since residents were notified of the boil water order. Customers at Jerry's Supermarket have been stopping by throughout the day filling their carts with what ever was left. By mid-morning the water aisle was nearly empty. Grocers are having a difficult time keeping up with the demand.

"I just called one of my distributors and they can't get it until tomorrow they don't even have it on hand," said Jerry's employee Jay Noies.

The boil water order is expected to last four days, until the water authorities have 3 consecutive days of quality test results.

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