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Delayed notice of boil water order, may have made some residents sick

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By: Alexandra Cowley

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Resident have at least two more days of hassles with boiling water of buying bottled water. Some families are stretching their budgets to get the cases of water they need. But that's not all, doctors are seeing an uptick in patients with symptoms of bacteria contamination.

A more than usual amount of people came in to a Warwick doctors office with upset stomachs Monday and that's not the only impact on people. For families on tight budgets, an unexpected situation like this, becomes more than just an inconvenience.

"So this is what we have to do to eat dinner," explained Matt Girard as he washed mushrooms with bottled water.

The nightly routine for the Girard family in West Warwick has been inconveniently modified.

"5 dollars a case of water, I'm using almost a full case to prepare dinner,"said Urszula Girard.

The Girard's kitchen has become a holding tank for all the pots of water they've boiled for the family of four.

"I go overboard on the boiling part, I just don't want them to get sick," said Urszula.

The Girards are one of the 80 thousand people in Kent County told to boil their water after tests came back showing E. Coli in the water.

A press release was sent out to the media late Sunday afternoon. Hours after the Kent County Water Authority became aware of the tainted water. So people who werent checking the news, may not have heard about it.

"I had a glass this morning, with a little runs," said one man.

"Ugh kind of get sweaty and kind of throwing up a lot, out of the blue," said Ryan Keiser.

Keiser is wondering if the contaminated water is to blame for the vomiting and nausea he's been experiencing.

"I was drinking a lot of tap water too, like everyday a lot, at least a couple gallons,"Keiser explained.

Six people walked in to Care Well Urgent Care in Warwick Monday, complaining of stomach pain. Dr. Oliver Gherardi says that's more than usual. He's concerned about the particular  strain of E. Coli, not known at this point.

"It could be very severe if it were one of those E. Coli pathogenic infections, which can be found in red meats," explained Dr. Gherardi.

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