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Under another boil advisory, Artesia water tests positive for Total Coliform

Leonard Tapia
September 19, 2017 11:48 PM

ARTESIA, N.M. -- It’s been almost two months since the City of Artesia’s water supply tested positive for E.coli. Since then, the city says they’ve been working to fix the problem.

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But just weeks after that E.coli discovery, residents are boiling their water again.  

"It's just another duty to add on top of everyone's busy lifestyle," said Jim Nies, an Artesia water user. "It's an inconvenience."

In July, city officials told KOB they were working with the state to fix the problem. However, this past weekend, the state drinking water bureau issued a boil advisory after another possible E. coil contamination. 

Samples came back negative for E.coli but did test positive for Total Coliform, a type of bacteria that’s not unusual to be found in water and is not harmful to humans. While that may sound not so bad, residents tell KOB they aren’t taking any chances and have stocked up on store-bought water.

That’s been a challenge in itself.

"Sometimes the lines were too long," said Nellie Saiz, an Artesia Water user. "We couldn't even wait. Or by the time we got there, there was no water."

Some businesses and even Artesia Schools were closed Monday and Tuesday as a result of the boil advisory. Classes will resume on Wednesday for students and staff.

In the meantime, the city remains on the boil advisory and residents continue to remain optimistic in hopes that the problem is fixed soon.

 "I think after the first one they should have even more diligent," said Nancy Journey, who lives in Artesia. "This should not have happened a second time. My hopes, in the long run, are that they become more vigilant about this and they become more knowledgeable about their systems."

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