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E. Coli Scare Prompts School Closings In Winslow Twp.

WINSLOW Twp. (CBS) — Classes were cancelled Monday for approximately 6,500 hundred students in the Winslow Township Public School System because of contaminated water in the Camden County community; however, all school employees were expected to report for work as usual.

Winslow Township is warnings its residents not to drink the tap water for the next few days, after authorities found E. Coli in the water supply, a bacteria capable of making someone sick with nausea, headaches, cramps, and more.

Authorities declared the tap water became unsafe to drink.

“They said even to wash the dishes, you had to boil the water,” said Pat Gagliardi, a resident of Winslow Township.

Gagliardi is one of about 30,000 people in the area who have to boil water for safety.

“The water looks clear,” Gagliardi said. “it doesn’t have an odor to it. It doesn’t taste different.”

She was lucky. Her family already had their fridge stocked with bottled water.

Winslow Township warns everyone to boil water for three minutes before drinking it, using it to brush your teeth, washing dishes with the water, or preparing food with it.

“As soon as you heard, you were out grabbing water because you knew everyone else was too,” said shopper Suzanne Miller.

At the local Shop-Rite, shoppers loaded up on bottled water. Authorities said it will be at least a few days before the water is safe, so people were buying as much as they can.

“Last night we were here, we bought about $100 worth of water,” said Marc Galvan. “Our dogs drink the water, we brush our teeth with the water, shower with it. Everything!”

Winslow Township authorities found out about the contaminated water on Thursday, but delayed one day in getting the word out, leaving people wondering what took so long for such an important warning.

“We’ve been drinking the water for a few days now,” said Miller. “They found out about it the 28th. But we didn’t know about it for a few days.”

For a link to Winslow Township’s website, click here.

For the Winslow Township Utilities Department, call (609) 567-0700 (Press Option #3).

For the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline, call (800) 426-4791.

Reported By: Oren Liebermann, CBS 3

  • Jason Zinis O'Brien

    My Mom Is in the hospital now because she is dcontaminated with E-Coli and shes dieing. Winslow should be doing something about this and provideing especially the seniors with bottled water. Now my mom is dieing and i think winslow should put out some kind of restitution for her. Among other things it is not easy takeing care of someone infected with E-COLI there sick 24/7 and now we r dealing with the pain of her dieing. Shes all I have in my life and now I have the chance of looseing her because people cant do there jobs right and while we r on the subject of people doing the jobs right. Living here in Arbor Meadows in Winslow Township We have taken on a sink whole in front of our house. Our ground is caveing in and we cant get the proper authorities out here to fix it before our whole street and house caves and someone gets hurt. I think winslow should be worried about a law suit and be concerned for the lives of our residents. Im sure the bigger up are takeing care of there selves. Does anyone have anything to say about this. Maybe this message should be forward to winslow authorities or maybe even all the residents of winslow. I bet the winslow authorities would like that

  • LMD

    Dont live in Winslow but am here in Burlington County and today we have Brown water. No notices no alerts and of course cannot reach anyone anywhere

  • Dave

    It’s funny. I live in Winslow Twp. and the day I received the notice about the tainted water was the same day I received my water bill from the township. I don’t think I should have to pay for tainted water! Especially since they knew about the problem on Thursday, and didn’t tell anyone until yesterday…

    • E Coli

      Why isn’t Winslow Twp. providing us with bottled water?

      • John

        Because you’re a bunch of unprepared government depending sheeples, you should’ve already stocked up food and water and other essentials in case of an emergency.

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