Boil water order issued for Town of Chester

CHESTER, Mass. (WWLP) – Some residents of the city of Chester are currently without water due to a leak affecting pressure.

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The City of Chester reported on Friday that there is a leak affecting the water system and there is no safe water pressure. Low water pressure can cause bacterial contamination of the water. A order boiling water was issued on Friday to residents who can still get water.

Residents with water are asked to boil the water before use. Allow it to boil and cool for a minute before using. Boiling the water kills any bacteria and viruses that may be in the water due to the low pressure. The city encourages residents to use bottled water whenever possible.

The order applies until further notice. Bacteria in the water can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea and associated headaches.

The city is working to refill the Clearwell water reservoir and fix the problem in the water system.

The water will probably not be supplied to the residents again until after Saturday. The city is working with MEMA to bring drinking water to downtown residents.

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