Updated: Thursday, 23 Apr 2009, 7:41 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 23 Apr 2009, 5:33 AM EDT
Portland (WTNH) - A water advisory that affected 10 cities and towns has been lifted in four of those towns after the Metropolitan District Commission found microscopic organisms in the water.
The MDC says East Hartford, Glastonbury, Portland, and South Windsor no longer need to boil water for consumption.
The towns of Bloomfield, Windsor, Hartford, West Hartford, and parts of East Granby and Windsor Locks should continue to boil their drinking water for one minute as a precautionary measure through the weekend.
The MDC issued the water advisory Wednesday after organisms called "copepods" and "rotifers" were appearing in water coming out of the No. 6 Water Treatment Facility in Bloomfield.
Officials say the organisms are commonly present in the raw water supplied to the treatment and they are not harmful.
As a precaution, Hartford Public Schools said they have turned off or covered all drinking fountains and are providing bottled water in the event of an emergency or if students need water to take their medication. They have also changed the school lunch menu to exclude foods that need to be prepared with tap water, including salads and some fruits and vegetables. The district said the precautions will remain in place until they receive further direction from the Health Department.
For more information, please visit www.themdc.com.