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Boil water advisory has been lifted

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By Alana Cerrone

acerrone@abc6.com

Customers of the Kent County Water Authority (KCWA) can now drink and use their water safely.

The Rhode Island Department of Health just announced shortly after 12:30 pm on Wednesday that the 3rd test has come back negative for E. Coli and thus the boil water advisory can be lifted, effective immediately.

The KCWA apologizes for the inconvenience to all of its consumers and will continue its routine testing protocols to ensure safe water for its customers.

The advisory lift also applies to City of Warwick Water consumers in the Potowomut section of the city.

RIDOH does recommend consumers take these precautions before using their water:

If you have a refrigerator with a water dispenser/ice machine: Clean and sanitize water dispensers/ice machines before use. Follow the manufacturer's suggested sanitizing procedures in the operator's manual. Procedures should include the following minimum requirements:

• Flush water dispenser for 3-5 minutes 

• Run the ice machine for at least 30 minutes

• Discard the first batch of ice that is made

• Wash and sanitize the bin area

Sanitize all external filtering devices associated with ice machines and change filter cartridges. Also replace any water treatment filter cartridges in your water treatment units.

Any faucets or taps that have not been used during the water advisory should be flushed for 10 minutes to ensure that any contamination that may be present is removed.

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