2:32pm:  The boil order for Niles Charter Township water customers has been lifted.

Kitchen faucets:  run for 5 minutes.
Refrigerator water dispensers:  dispose of 1 gallon before using.
Icemakers:  dispose of 2 cycles of ice  before using. 

1:30pm: Yesterday's water sample results came back negative.  The State is requiring one more set of samples with negative results.  Those results are expected early afternoon tomorrow.  Boil order could possibly be lifted by the State tomorrow pending lab results.

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Coliform bacteria detected in Niles Charter Township water



Our water system detected the presence of coliform bacteria in the water supply. We routinely monitor for the presence of drinking water contaminants. We took 5 samples for coliform bacteria during September. 1 of those samples showed the presence of coliform bacteria. The 3 follow up samples confirmed the presence of coliform bacteria.


What should I do?

DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and preparing food. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Continue using boiled or bottled water until further notice.


If you have a severely compromised immune system, have an infant, are pregnant, or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice from your health care providers about drinking this water.


What does this mean?

Total coliform bacteria are generally not harmful themselves. Coliforms are bacteria which are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially-harmful, bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found and this is a warning of potential problems.


Usually, coliforms are a sign that there could be a problem with the treatment or distribution system (pipes). Whenever we detect coliform bacteria in any sample, we do follow-up testing to see if other bacteria of greater concern, such as E. coli, are present. No E. coli has been detected. If E. coli had been detected, we would have notified you immediately. However, we are still finding coliforms in the drinking water.


What happened? What is being done?

Routine samples showed coliform bacteria present in the water. We are still detecting coliform bacteria. We are going to start chlorinating the water system to resolve the presence of coliform bacteria. We will inform you when our sampling shows that no bacteria are detected. Please continue using boiled or bottled water until we notify you otherwise.


If you have questions, you may contact BJ Stepien of Niles Charter Township DPW at 269-684-5647 or by mail 320 Bell Rd. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1‑800‑426‑4791.


Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

CERTIFICATION:                                                                                                                WSSN: 04750

I certify that this water supply has fully complied with the public notification requirements in the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, 1976 PA 399, as amended, and the administrative rules.

BJ Stepien, DPW  Manager