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Aberdeen making do with boil water notice

The city’s water department says crews are working non-stop to test the city’s water supply.

Posted: Oct 15, 2018 7:45 PM
Updated: Oct 16, 2018 8:49 AM

ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) - Those in the city of Aberdeen are making due after a boil water notice was issued for the entire city during the weekend.

According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, water sampling showed the presence of Total Coliform and the E. coli bacteria.

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The city’s water department says crews are working non-stop to test the city’s water supply.

However, it could be later this week before department officials learn what’s next.

Aberdeen Water Supervisor Jason Roberson says they are retesting 17 water samples. He says it may take crews until Tuesday to finish.

The sample would be sent to Jackson to the State Department of Health; they should know something by Thursday.

Meanwhile, Aberdeen residents are hanging in there during the ordeal.

Dwayne Jackson is the store manager of the local Food Giant. He says residents wiped the store’s shelves clean of bottled water, but he hopes to have more cases soon.

A spokesperson for the Monroe Regional Hospital in Aberdeen says the hospital is currently in good shape. They are relying on its emergency water supply. In fact, they have reached out to other cities for even more backup water.

School was also in session Monday.

Everyone is keeping their fingers crossed awaiting test results from Jackson.

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