Northern New Jersey town lifts boil water advisory issued after E. coli bacteria found


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BLOOMFIELD, New Jersey — Officials in a northern New Jersey town have lifted a boil water advisory that was issued after a series of tests found E. coli bacteria in the town's water system.

Bloomfield had issued the order after testing detected the bacteria's presence in one of 50 water samples taken within the township Monday. The bacteria are a sign the water may be contaminated with human or animal waste and can sicken people, especially those with weakened immune systems.

The boil water advisory was lifted Saturday.

It's still not known how the contamination happened. The township says it occurs when heavy rain causes increased runoff, a break in the pipes or a failure in the water treatment process.

The township's water comes from the Newark Water Department.

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