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 April 4, 2005
East Providence Officials Say Water is Safe to Drink
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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- State officials are reassuring the public that the water in East Providence is now safe to drink. This, after it was revealed this week that high levels of E-coli bacteria were found in the East Providence water during tests in mid-January -- but the public was never notified.
   E-Coli bacteria can cause diarrhea, nausea and other problems. The city blames a communication problem. City water superintendent Kenneth Booth says he misunderstood what the lab told him when they called with the results. Booth says he thought he heard coliform bacteria, a less threatening bacteria.
   The state health department says the water is now safe after the city added chlorine to the system. The department says anyone with health concerns should call their doctor.

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