Fair Haven issues boil water order after bacteria found in water system

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FAIR HAVEN, Vermont — The town of Fair Haven has issued a boil water order after contamination was found in the water system of the Vermont community.

The town said Tuesday that fecal coliform was found in the system.

Officials did not say how they believe the contamination occurred, but it is believed to be in one section of the system.

The presence of fecal coliform bacteria indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes.

Drinking contaminated water can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms that pose a greater risk for infants, young children, and people with compromised immune systems

Town officials say they expect the problem to be fixed within 24 to 48 hours.

Water should be boiled for one minute and then cooled before drinking.

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