September 2, 2009 Edition

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Alicia under boil order

The Town of Alicia has been under a water boil order since Aug. 11, according to Glenn Greenway, engineering superintendent for the Arkansas Department of Health.

"The town's water source has tested positive for E. coli," Greenway said. "It is extremely important to boil all drinking water, and icemakers should not be used until the boil order is lifted."

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, water should be boiled for one minute at a rolling boil.

"The elderly, the very young and those with other health problems are the ones most at risk of becoming ill from water that has not been boiled," Greenway said. " It is alright to bathe in it and to wash dishes with it if the water is very hot and lots of soap is used. Paper plates, however, would be a good alternative."

Some of the effects of E. coli are intestinal disorders, cholera and typhoid fever.

The boil order will be lifted as soon as samples are E. coli free, Greenway said. He added that he expects that to happen very soon.

Alicia's water tank is off line while it is being painted and repaired, and the town's well is providing water and pressure. When work on the tank is completed, Greenway said the problem should be resolved, and notices will be posted at the Alicia Post Office, convenience stores, etc. to notify citizens. He said KAIT-TV and area radio stations should also be able to let people know when the boil order is lifted.

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