Long Beach E. coli

Mike Sugerman/WCBS 880

Boil Water Alert Lifted In Long Beach; Mom Claims Daughter Sickened By E. Coli

June 24, 2019 - 1:50 pm

LONG BEACH, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A boil water alert that went into effect Friday after the Long Beach water supply tested positive for E. coli has been lifted.

"Effective immediately, the Department of Health has lifted its boil water alert, following the complete flushing of the water system. Our water is again safe for consumption," City Council President Anthony Eramo said in a statement. "The City's water system has been thoroughly flushed over the past several days in a process that included increasing the chlorine levels."

Residents are being advised to run all cold water faucets on full for at least five minutes.

The E. coli discovery forced the closure of three Long Beach elementary schools Monday. The school district notified parents that East, West and Lindell elementary schools would be closed out of an abundance of caution after a student who lives within city limits was diagnosed with a suspected E. coli infection.

Lido, Pre-K, Long Beach Middle School and Long Beach High School were in regular session because their water comes from a different source.

Meanwhile, one mother in the area believes her daughter had to be hospitalized because she was sickened by the water.

“I am telling you 100% confidently it came from the water inside my home,” Long Beach resident Alexis Pace told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall.

She says her 12-year-old daughter, who has Down syndrome and Crohn’s disease, was sickened by the E. coli bacteria contaminating the water.

“I just got off the phone with the hospital and they told me – I can read to you exactly what strain it is of E. coli. It is caused, most likely by the strain 0157:H7, this is one of two toxins that is carried either by two things: contaminated water or contaminated food,” she explains.

Her daughter was so sick on Friday, she had to be hospitalized.

“She was in the hospital treated for dehydration. She is home, but she cannot get off of the toilet. She has had bloody diarrhea for now, since Thursday,” Pace said.

The source of the contamination is still under investigation. Health officials say there are no confirmed cases of E. coli.

Bottles of water had been distributed to the 35,000 residents who had been under the boil water alert.