Boil water order lifted for Adams

The boil water order has been lifted in the town of Adams. METRO CREATIVE PHOTO

ADAMS — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has lifted the boil water order for all of the town water customers.

"It is no longer necessary to use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, food preparation, brushing teeth and washing dishes," according to information posted on the Adams Fire District website by Superintendent John Barrett.

Based on results of testing, the DEP lifted the order under the condition that the water system continues chlorination and installs a permanent chlorination system to prevent further issues with contaminants.

"We are now operating a temporary chlorination system," Barrett said on the website.

The problems began when samples taken Aug. 20 came back the next day with an E. coli presence detected in one of four town water tanks. Since the boil order came through, the water was tested every day, while the system went through a chlorination treatment. All samples since then, Barrett noted, have been clear of any contaminants after being tested in a state lab.

The boil order caused some strife for residents and business owners, all of whom had to come up with other sources of water for their needs. Restaurants were hit especially hard.

Scott Stafford can be reached at sstafford@berkshireeagle.com or 413-629-4517.