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Drinking water tests positive for E. coli in Milford, New Jersey

MILFORD, N.J. - Residents of a Hunterdon County, New Jersey borough are being told not to drink their water without boiling it first.

Milford Borough officials said E. coli bacteria was detected Friday in one of the municipal water system's wells.

A notice from the Milford Water Department distributed Monday told customers to either boil their tap water before drinking it or buy bottled water until the problem is resolved.

The Milford Borough water superintendent said the contamination affects their entire water system, which serves between 1,400 and 1,500 people.

The flier also said the borough has stopped operating the well contaminated with E. coli, and is only using water from a second well that did not contain E. coli.

Officials said follow-up tests and additional sampling are being done to identify defects and find a solution.

The notice to residents says the water department "anticipates resolving the problem within 30 days."

The borough council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting Monday at 7 p.m., but it is unclear if the E. coli issue will be discussed.

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