Broward County, There Is Poo in the Water (UPDATE: Boil Advisory Lifted)

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Update, 5/28: The boil advisory has been lifted, per WSVN. More on what the heck happened later this week.

Original post, 5/25:
A Broward County water plant serving Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach, Lighthouse Point, and Coconut Creek has tested positive for "fecal indicators," according to a statement just sent out by the county. The affected well has been shut down, but authorities are telling residents in those areas to not drink tap water without boiling it first:
Bring all water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using it. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. You may also use bottled water. Use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, preparing food, and washing dishes until further notice.
The well tested positive for E. coli and coliform bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, and headaches. The Broward County State Water System says infants, the elderly, and anyone with a compromised immune system are, as usual, at additional risk and should call a doctor with any specific health concerns.

The release says to call 954-831-3061 or 954-831-3250 for more information.

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Sam
Sam

Hey, if it comes from the body, how bad can it really be?

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Looks like someone took a dump in a Broward County water well.

Almost reminds MAOS of this shit.

In February of 2011 Wayne Miller, who had been with the Water Department for 35 years and had overseen the expansion and operation of the water plants for the last 10 years, retired.

The result of this grievous error was the recent posting of the city’s failure in 2011 to meet the monitoring requirements for the water system. It never happened on Wayne Miller’s watch.

- JeanRobbZillaPompano PelicanApril 13, 2012 Letter to the Editor

So according to JeanRobbZilla’s own words, Miller never had a “grievous error” occur on his watch.

Allow us to retort.

Our rebuttal begins with a show of hands…

Who knows what E. coli is?

Escherichia coli (commonly abbreviated E. coli) is a rod-shaped bacterium that is commonly found in the lower intestine of warm-blooded organisms. Most E. coli strains are harmless, but some serotypes can cause serious food poisoning in humans, and are occasionally responsible for product recalls due to food contamination.

Another show of hands…

Who knows the symptoms of an E. coli infection?

The symptoms of an E. coli infections vary for each person but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. If there is fever, it usually is not very high (less than 101˚F/less than 38.5˚C). Most people get better within 5–7 days. Some infections are very mild, but others are severe or even life-threatening.

Last time for a show of hands…

Did you know E. coli was found during Miller’s watch?

The time between ingesting the bacteria and feeling sick is called the “incubation period.” The incubation period is usually 3-4 days after the exposure, but may be as short as 1 day or as long as 10 days. The symptoms often begin slowly with mild belly pain or non-bloody diarrhea that worsens over several days. HUS, if it occurs, develops an average 7 days after the first symptoms, when the diarrhea is improving.

Ewwwww….

Now, there are those in the audience who are thinking to themselves “well Chaz, shit and E. coli happen.”

It certainly does… And that’s why Federal Law requires public notification within 48 hours.

However, when the E. coli was discovered, Miller waited over a month to make his report. And for 30+ days, he put everyone at risk of infection, of having a week’s worth of bloody stools, of being subjected to puking our collective guts out.

Now that is a grievous error. A grievous error that happened on Wayne Miller’s watch.

Can someone remind me again why we want JeanRobbZilla running the place?

Obermann
Obermann

Poo isn't just in the water.  Poo is the the 17th circuit court, LE, the powerbrokers, politicians.  There's so much poo in the lobbyists that I'm surprised they can walk around.   The county is full of poo brought on by crooks and thieves.

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

Nice try, guy who pooped in the well.

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