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Boil water advisory for small water systems expanded

The state Department of Public Health Friday expanded its list of small public water systems that are now under a boil water advisory.

Customers of these systems are advised to boil their water for 1 minute in case any bacteria contamination occurred while these systems experienced power interruptions due to Tropical Storm Irene.

The list now includes 144 systems around the state, up from 69 systems on the list Thursday.

Systems in southeastern Connecticut new to the list are:

• River Ridge Golf Course & Restaurant, Griswold

• Rogers Mobile Home Park, Groton

• Whipples Mobile Home Park, Groton

• Ash Water Co., Ledyard

• Lyme Consolidated School, Lyme

• Oakridge Gardens and Oakridge Village, Montville

• Meadows Apartments, Montville

• Mountview Apartments, Montville

• Thompson Hill Water Co. - Beechwood Acres, Montville

• Stonington Institute - main building, North Stonington

• Old Lyme Country Clubhouse, Old Lyme

• Region 18 schools, Old Lyme

• Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, Old Lyme

• Church of Christ the King, Old Lyme

Local systems already on the list include:

• Lakeview Mobile Home Park, Griswold

• Colonial Efficiency Apartments, Groton

• Southeastern Connecticut Water Authority, Seven Oaks, Montville

• Southeastern Connecticut Water Authority, Cedar Ridge Division, North Stonington

• Chadwick Homeowners Association, Old Lyme

• Mile Creek Apartments, Old Lyme

• Boxwood Condominium Association, Old Lyme

• Salem Manor Condominiums No. 1 and No. 2, Salem

• Crystal Lake Condominiums, Salem

• CTWC - Shoreline Region - SDC Water, Voluntown.

A full list of communities under the boil water advisory can be found at: www.ct.gov/dph/ (click on "Hurricane Irene: Important Information.")

Residential customers served by systems under a boil order should:

• Bring water to a rolling boil for 1 minute.

• Use boiled or bottled water when cooking, washing fruits and vegetables, brushing teeth and making baby formula. Cool water to a safe temperature before drinking and handling.

• Use water previously boiled to wash hands for cooking.

• Adults and children do not need to use boiled water for bathing, but should try not to swallow any water while in the shower or tub. Infants, the elderly and those with severely compromised immune systems should be bathed using water that has been previously boiled and cooled or with bottled water.

For information, visit: www.ct.gov/dph/ (click on "Hurricane Irene: Important Health Information.")

Information is also available at local health departments.

Owners of private wells with questions about water safety can contact the department's private well program at (860) 509-7296.

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