Late Friday afternoon, five repeat samples taken the day before, revealed one test positive for Coliform, while all five samples were negative for E. Coli. This comes after a Boil Water Order (BWO) was issued by Madera County late Wednesday afternoon to water users in North Fork’s Maintenance District No. 8, after a routine bacteriological test came back positive.
According to Dexter Marr, interim deputy director at Madera County Environmental Health, the Boil Order remains in effect until samples taken today (Friday, March 18) are tested. Should the results come back negative, the Boil Order would then be lifted Saturday.
Maintenance District No. 8 is a small community water system in North Fork that primarily serves downtown businesses and surrounding residents. The water system is operated and maintained by Madera County Public Works Special District.
The order was issued to protect public health and inform the residents how to properly disinfect their tap water by either boiling or chlorinating for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution. The use of bottled water for consumption is also recommended.
Special District has certified water system operators who will perform the chlorination and flushing of the system in hopes that all bacterial contamination is removed from the water system, while disinfection Special District will continue to investigate possible contamination points within the system.
“Madera County Public Works and Environmental Health are working diligently to resolve this issue,” Marr added. “Our main goal is to insure public health and safety.”
Details: (559) 675-7823, ext. 3402.