JWC Lifts Water Boil Alert

A boil water advisory, issued July 9 for customers of the Jenkinsville Water Company, was lifted last week after a second round of tests revealed samples containing E. coli bacteria came from a private well and not the company’s system, company president Gregrey Ginyard said.

Ginyard said the original sample came from a home in the Blair/Feasterville area and was part of standard random testing procedures practiced by DHEC. The customer-wide boil water advisory, which affected approximately 780 customers, was issued as a precaution, Ginyard said. Retested samples from the company’s wells in the area came back clean, he said, but samples taken from a privately owned well at the home showed the contamination. Copies of the tests were sent to the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), Ginyard said, along with a letter from the homeowner stating the contaminated sample came from his well.

E. coli can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea and headaches. It can be potentially even more dangerous in small children.