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Boil notice lifted after Horizon City water tests positive for E. coli

Updated: Monday, August 12 2013, 12:48 PM MDT

By: Stacey Welsh
EL PASO, Texas -- Hundreds of Horizon City residents had to boil their tap water before drinking or cooking with it Thursday. This comes after a routine water sample tested positive for E. coli.

The Horizon Regional Municipal Utility District (HRMUD) sent out a letter Wednesday alerting residents they were under a boil notice. The El Paso Hills neighborhood was the only part of Horizon City affected, and about 200 homes make up that area. The utility district lifted the boil notice Thursday afternoon.

Horizon City resident Irving Chavez said he and his family were not worried about the boil notice or possible health risk.

"We've always drank from the big water gallon, so it didn't really affect us," Chavez said. "But I do know a lot of people who drink from the faucet."

Alma Solis also received the boil notice at her El Paso Hills home. Despite this, she said her family continued drinking tap water Thursday morning.

"I don't want them to get sick, so I guess I'm going to have to start buying some more drinking water for now," Solis said while the boil notice was still in effect.

The Socorro Independent School District also took precautions and turned off all drinking fountains at Desert Wind Elementary School.

"We brought water up from other areas with cups," Socorro Independent School District Assistant Superintendent Pat O'Neill said.

The school district provided students with water and said it also made sure the cafeteria staff boiled water for cooking. A letter was also sent out to parents to let them know about the precautions.

HRMUD said it is likely the water sample was a false positive, and this could happen when dirt or sand blow into a sample bottle. There have been no reports of residents getting sick after drinking the tap water.

Boil notice lifted after Horizon City water tests positive for E. coli


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