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Artesia schools close due to boil water advisory

David Lynch
September 18, 2017 06:49 AM

ARTESIA, N.M. – Public schools in Artesia will be closed Monday and Tuesday due to a boil water advisory issued by the New Mexico Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau.

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For the second time in two months, Artesia city officials are telling residents to boil their drinking water after E.coli was found in the water supply. The city was under an order to boil water for a week back in July for the same reason. 

The school district is meeting Monday afternoon with the City of Artesia and the Department of Health to discuss whether classes will resume Wednesday. 

Residents are being advised to boil their water for one minute if they plan on using it for drinking, brushing teeth, washing dishes, food prep and making ice, a release from the city states. Meanwhile, the city “will be chlorinating and flushing the water system” to fix the issue.

The release states they expect water to be drinkable again within a week. In July, it took nine days before a boil water advisory was lifted for the city and its residents. 

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