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Waltham Issues Notice On Bacteria in Water

See what the city is saying about recent water testing.

Coliform bacteria was recently detected in the city's municipal water system but residents do not need to boil their water, according to a notice sent to Waltham residents and posted on the city's website.

According to the letter, the bacteria, which naturally appears in water, was detected in water samples taken in August at levels that violate drinking water standards. The bacteria itself is not harmful.

Testing for other possible contaminants such as E. Coli and fecal coliform was negative, according to the letter.

Residents with weak immune systems or specific health should consult their doctors, according to the notice. Elderly residents are at a higher risk.

A water main break or construction on Smith Street could have caused the issue, according to the letter. The city is flushing the pipes to resolve the matter and hopes to fix it within two weeks. 

Jason Wichern September 27, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Date distributed: 9/13/2012 (according to letter) Date letter received at house: 9/26/12. Unacceptable.
Lisa September 27, 2012 at 04:52 PM
agreed
LMN September 27, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Very unacceptable, i have a weak stomach and system. I have been going to the bathroom like crazy for the last 2 weeks or so, could this be it and I didnt know to check it out!!!!
Robert G. Logan September 27, 2012 at 10:38 PM
This was totally unacceptable and entirely avoidable. It only serves to underscore my argument that the City of Waltham, and all of its departments, should be making effective use of social media to deliver information to residents quickly and economically. The Waltham Police are doing a good job in this regard, but most other municipal departments have no social media presence whatsoever. I will be bringing this matter before the City Council. Robert G. Logan Councillor Ward 9
JSF September 28, 2012 at 12:26 PM
This was unacceptable - I received the notice two weeks after the issue date! I have an 8 month old I use this water to make bottles for and I didn't even know about this until it "supposedly" expired! This city needs to get their act together! UNBELIEVABLE!
Joe September 28, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Why is social media now the answer to all our issues and problems? Many residents in the city/town are elderly or just don't check their computer or phone every ten seconds. Couldn't they have put it on the local news or did those reverse calls like the police and fire sometime use. Maybe that reverse calling system only works for landlines and not cell phones...
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) September 28, 2012 at 10:15 PM
The following was sent to Waltham Patch by Mayor Jeanette McCarthy and is backed up by an attached Sept. 6 email to City Councilors Robert Waddick and George Darcy: "It is my understanding that the Ward 9 Councillor (Robert Logan) is stating to your readers that the administration did not notify the Council. As is customary, I notified the Council President (Robert Waddick) and the Ward Councillor (George Darcy)."
Robert G. Logan September 28, 2012 at 11:26 PM
1) The e-mail sent to Councillor Waddick on September 6th did not address him as President Waddick but as Councillor Waddick, and did not indicate in any way that it was intended as a communication to the full City Council, nor did it ask him to share this information with the full Council. In addition, because it referenced Smith Street and was copied to the Ward 3 Councillor, it appeared to be a neighborhood matter, not a matter of concern to the entire City or the full Council. Therefore, it was not forwarded to the entire Council. 2) There is a group e-mail address that allows a user of the City e-mail system to send an e-mail to all Councillors by selecting the one group address name. The Mayor has used this before. 3) The proper process for submitting communications to the City Council is to do so through the Office of The City Clerk (Clerk of the Council). Then, as provided for by Rule 62 of the Rules of the City Council, the City Clerk would provide copies to all Councillors. We receive frequent communications from the Mayor in this manner every week on matters big and small. Since it is apparent from the e-mail chain that this situation was know of almost a month ago why, in all this time, the City Council has never received formal notification of this serious matter is a matter of concern. I stand by my statement. The *City Council* was not notified. Robert G. Logan Councillor Ward 9

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