AUBURN, Mass. – Auburn residents in the Elm Hill Water District can go back to drinking tap water as the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection ended the precautionary boil-water advisory on Wednesday.
Joe Ferson, spokesperson for the Department of Environmental Protection, told The Daily Voice that the order was lifted for the Auburn district when samples came back “with no detection of bacteria.” Ferson said that residents can go back to using water as they usually would.
A water main break in Worcester on Monday led the Elm Hill Water District in Auburn to issue a precautionary boil-water advisory. To assure safe water, residents were advised to bring the water to a rolling boil for one minute.
The Nov. 12 water main break in Worcester at the intersection of May and Chandler streets caused disruption of the water supply to the entire city of Worcester as well as the Elm Hill Water District in Auburn. The Woodland Water District and the Auburn Water District were unaffected by this break.
But now the Elm Hill Water District has had the order lifted. Ferson said there may be some discoloration in the water, but it’s not harmful.
“There’s no bacteria,” he said. “The discoloration could be some organic material as a result of bringing back up the pressure."
Call the Elm Hill Water District at 508-755-5448 if you experience problems or have any questions about this matter.