City of Ocean Springs lifts boil water notice

Published: Jun. 23, 2021 at 3:49 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2021 at 7:03 PM CDT
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OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (WLOX) - The City of Ocean Springs has lifted its boil water notice as of Saturday afternoon.

All samples from Ocean Springs and the Jackson County Utility Authority have passed.

Earlier this week, twenty-one water samples were taken by a third party for testing at the Mississippi Department of Health and one showed the presence of E. coli bacteria.

E. coli could cause short-term effects such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms, according to the CDC. They may also pose a special health risk for infants, young children, and people with severely compromised immune systems.

Officials say this was the first time a third-party group was used to take samples, and will likely be the last time. Ocean Springs Mayor Shea Dobson believes this was an operator error in regards to collecting the sample.

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