City issues boil notice for O'Neill residents due to E. coli


A boil notice has been issued for O'Neill residents due to the presence of E. coli in the water.

The City of O’Neill issued the notice of violation of drinking water microbiological standards, which consists of the detection of E.coli bacteria in its distribution system during the month of May, 2018.

At this time for residents of O’Neill on the city water line, if you are wishing to use city water, you must bring all water to a boil, let it boil for 1 minute, and cool before using. Or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. If you are bathing or taking a shower that is okay, just do not ingest any water.

E.coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal waste. Human pathogens in these wastes can cause short term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.

The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symtoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice from health care providers about their drinking water.

Bacterial contamination can occur when increased runoff enters the drinking water source (for example, following heavy rains). It can also happen due to a break in the distribution system (pipes) or a failure in the water treatment.

E.coli bacteria found in the system indicated the need to look for potential problems in water treatment or distribution. When this occurs we are required to conduct an assessment to identify problems and to correct any problems that were found during these assessments.

The City of O’Neill public water supply system is continuing to test and is working with the Drinking Water Program to identify the source of the problem and to return the water supply system to compliance.

The City has already started disinfection of the water system. We will inform you when test show no further contamination and you no longer need to boil your water.

If you need to call the city regarding this, the only number that should be called is O’Neill Water Commissioner Curtis Kizzire at 402-340-7827. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

As soon as the City of O’Neill receives any test results or any news on the water system they will notify the public via radio and social media. Please share this information with other people you know in O’Neill that are on the city water system so we get the word out quickly

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