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North Attleborough schools shut down water fountains because of boil water order

This is a file image of the North Attleborough Public Schools building (WLNE)

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (WLNE) — The superintendent of North Attleborough schools sent an email to families Thursday warning them of a town-wide boil water order.

This comes after E. coli was detected in the town’s water from samples collected Wednesday.

Superintendent John Antonucci said that all schools in the district shut down their water fountains immediately.

“All water used for here cooking, drinking, brushing teeth, washing dishes or food preparation should be boiled for at least one minute prior to use, or bottled water should be used as an alternative,” the town said in a release.

The town will be distributing bottled water at the Department of Public Works Garage on Smith Street beginning at 3 p.m.

Antonucci said the school district will be providing bottled water but encourages students to bring their own because of a limited supply.

Residents will be notified when the boil water order ends.

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