Rhode Island Health Department finds E. coli bacteria, issues boil water notice

A boil water advisory has been issued for parts of Centre of New England. (WJAR photo)

The Rhode Island Health Department issued a notice to the Centre of New England -Boulevard public water system to warn residents and commercial tenants to boil their water before use. The notice was issued after E. coli bacteria was found in the water supply on December 21, NBC 10 News has learned.

The bacteria can make people sick and people with a weakened immune system are more at risk.

That water system must hand deliver notices to every residence affected by the advisory, and must notify the general public by hanging signage in commercial areas, according to the health department.

The Health Department said the site served by the water system are a combination of the condo units and commercial businesses at the Centre of New England in Coventry.

Coventry Police say residents effected by the order can fill their water containers at the Hopkins Hill and Arnold Road Fire Stations.

Cracker Barrel, Applebee's Grill& Bar and Denny's are open, but all three restaurants are under the boil water advisory, employees confirmed to NBC 10 News. It is unclear whether Walmart, Home Depot or the long list of other retailers at Centre of New England are also part of the advisory.

The health department told NBC 10 that the Hampton Inn and Wendy's are not connected to the water system and are not affected by the advisory.

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