The boil order has been lifted from the Briggsville Water District.
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The boil water order was lifted effective Monday for the Briggsville Water District nearly two months after the water was found to be contaminated.
The state Department of Environmental Protection instituted the boil order on July 12 when routine tests turned up total coliform bacteria and E. coli in several instances.
Nearly 200 residences are hooked into the water district. The boil order also closed the water access at Red Mills Spring, where a gravity-fed pipe was installed years ago for public use.
According to a notification posted at Town Hall and sent to iBerkshires, "It is no longer necessary to use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, food preparation, brushing teeth and washing dishes.
"A temporary chlorine disinfection system has been installed at the facility and we will continue to use chlorine disinfection at this time."
The temporary system had been installed immediately and tests had been done monthly since had been clean. Two done last week were also clean. The DEP, however, had final say over when the boil order could be lifted.
On Tuesday morning, the boil-water warning was still posted at spring the public gravity feed was unhooked.
For more information contact Clebe Scott, primary certified water operator for the Briggsville Water District, 413-663-3985.