Thursday, September 8, 2011
FROM THE COLUMBIA WATER COMPANY
DRINKING WATER WARNING
BOIL YOUR WATER BEFORE USING
HIERVAN EL AGUA ANTES DE USARLA.
ESTE INFORME CONTIENE INFORMACION MUY IMPORTANTE SOBRE SU AGUA DE BEBER.
TRADUZCALO O HABLE CON ALGUIEN QUE LO ENTIENDA BIEN.
Columbia Water Company’s water systemMay Be At Increased Risk From Microbial Contamination.
Due to major flooding along the Susquehanna River, the Columbia Water Company’s treatment has been
flooded. As a result, there is an increased chance that the water may contain disease-causing organisms.
What should I do?
DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST.
one minute, and let it cool before using; or use bottled water. You should use boiled or bottled water for drinking,
making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice.Bring all water to a rolling boil, let it boil for
Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses,
and parasites, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
These symptoms, however, are not caused only by organisms in drinking water, but also by other factors. If you
experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.
People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These
people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to
lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at
1 (800) 426-4791.
What happened? What is being done?
Columbia Water Company’s water treatment plant has been flooded by water from the Susquehanna River. The
high water has caused some instruments that are used to measure the water quality to become inoperable.
Samples are still being taken manually but there is an increased chance that the water may contain diseasecausing
organisms As soon as the flood waters recede, the instruments will be placed back on-line.
We will inform you when all corrective actions have been completed and when you no longer need to boil your
For more information, please contact: David Lewis, General Manager
Columbia Water Company
Or visit our web site www.columbiawaterco.com
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who
may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes,
schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing
copies by hand or mail.
This notice is being sent to you by the Columbia Water Company .PWS ID#: 7360123 Date distributed: 9-8-2011