Boil water advisory issued in Essex

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The local health unit is asking some residents in the town of Essex to boil their water before consuming.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit issued a boil water advisory for residents living in the area bounded by County Road 12, from the Arner Townline (County Road 23) west to the intersection of the Chrysler Canada Greenway, and South Malden from the Arner Townline (County Road 23) to Walker Road (County Road 11).

The advisory was issued after a sample from the local water distribution system “came back adverse.”

“As a precaution, residents are advised to use bottled water or water that has been brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute for drinking or food preparation,” the health unit said in a media release.  “The Town of Essex is currently resampling and flushing the affected areas and will update residents when the boil water advisory has been lifted.”

According to the health unit, a boil water advisory is put in place to protect people from harmful organisms that may be in their water and can cause people to become sick.