Residents in Long Beach are being advised to boil their water or use bottled water after the Nassau County Health Department detected strains of E. coli in the city's water supply.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein announced that they would address the findings at a news conference at 2 p.m. today. A boil-water order has been issued for Long Beach residents, and city officials said that the water is currently unsafe to drink.
The city issued an alert on its website at 12:40 p.m. and sent out a robocall informing residents about the issue.
"Moments ago, we learned that our water supply tested positive for E. coli bacteria," Acting City Manager Rob Agostisi said in the call. "The Nassau County Department of Health has issued a boil-water notice, which means our water is currently not safe to drink unless boiled for at least one minute. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing food, until further notice. Residents can check longbeachny.gov for updates. "
This is a developing story.