Environment Department issues boil water advisory

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SANTA FE (KRQE) — The New Mexico Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau has issued a boil water advisory for the Las Campanas Water System.

NMED issued the advisory after bacteriological contamination, E. coli, was detected in drinking water samples. The advisory only applies to the drinking water from the Las Campanas Water System and does not extend to any other surrounding water systems.

The water system serves approximately 400 people. It is about 10 miles west of Santa Fe in Santa Fe County.

Consumers are advised to boil the water for five minutes before drinking, cooking, dish washing and bathing.

The presence of E. coli indicates the water may have been in contact with sewage or animal wastes and could contain disease causing organisms. These types of organisms can cause severe gastrointestinal illness and, in rare cases, death. Children, the elderly and immuno-compromised individuals are at an increased risk for illness.

Most strains of E. coli are harmless and live in the intestines of healthy humans and animals.

For more information, call Wayne Jeffs, Drinking Water Bureau Compliance Officer, at (505) 476-8612.

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