Flint expands water advisory after bacteria found

Associated Press

Flint — Flint has expanded an advisory for residents and businesses to boil tap water before using it in portions of the city.

The Flint Journal reported Sunday that the advisory was expanded because water samples were continuing to test positive for total coliform bacteria.

City officials had announced an initial advisory on Friday.

Follow-up testing didn’t find the presence of fecal coliform or E. coli bacteria. E. coli can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms of illness.

Officials say boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, bathing, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and preparing food.

The city says the water system in the impacted areas was to be flushed and increased chlorine will be added to the water.