At the Board of Health board meeting Tuesday, residents heard that ongoing private well water testing around the Southbridge landfill has uncovered one more tainted property, and some homes with unaffected wells will receive bottled water from Casella Waste Systems.
The citizens of Toledo, Ohio, have embarked upon their new summer ritual: stocking up on bottled water. For the second straight year, an enormous algae bloom has settled upon Lake Erie, generating nasty toxins right where the city of 400,000 draws its tap water.
In June 2015, Niagara Bottling released a voluntary recall announcement for 14 brands of bottled water, citing a possible E. Coli contamination as the reason. These brands are Acadia, Acme, Big Y, Best Yet, 7-11, Niagara, Nature’s Place, Pricerite, Superchill, Morning Fresh, Shaw’s, Shoprite, Western Beef Blue, and Wegman’s (Rhodan).
Tap water that has been left to sit out slowly begins to acquire an off taste. Many assume that this is because of microorganisms. Treated water’s added chlorine will take care of small communities of these little guys, but at room temperature they begin to multiply rapidly and can really get the party started. Even with clean water and a clean glass; one sip introduces a host of germs to the mix, in addition to whatever the water may have picked up by ambient dust.
Springs in Hamburg and Allentown, Pennsylvania, had “positive indication” that their spring was contaminated, but failed to warn Niagara before distribution. While Niagara has cut ties with those springs, they do not know how wide ranging the contamination may reach.
A bottled water company has issued a voluntary recall over fears of E. coli contamination.
Tap water has a pretty bad rep, even though that’s pretty much what you get when you ask for that free drink of H2O at a restaurant. But the recent recall of 14 different water bottle brands due to a possible E. coli contamination has people wondering whether water bottles are safe to drink out of.
Bottled water sold under Niagara, Wegmans and other brand names that was possibly contaminated with E. coli should be safe but was recalled “out of an abundance of caution,” Niagara Bottling said Saturday.
Although the nitrate advisory continues this weekend in portions of Columbus, city and county health departments won’t hand out bottled water on Saturday or Sunday to pregnant women and families with infants younger than 6 months.
Not all packaged water jars in city are safe for consumption. The state Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raided water packaging plants across the state between April 2014 and March 2015 to collect 95 water samples. Of these, 53% were contaminated and unfit for human consumption.