The Department of Environment has reduced the area included in a precautionary boil water advisory for Chester.
Based on sampling results and an assessment of the area, the advisory remains in place for homes and businesses within the boundaries of the intersections of King Street and Pleasant Street to Water Lane and the bottom of South Street to the shore.
Ecoli and total coliform bacteria was initially found through routine testing of a dug well on Pleasant Street. The issue resulted from a break in a privately owned sewer line that has since been repaired.
To make sure water is safe in potentially affected areas, it needs to be boiled for at least one minute before it can be used for drinking, preparing infant formula, making juices or ice cubes, washing fruits and vegetables, cooking or brushing teeth.
If boiling water is not possible, people should use bottled water.
Learn more http://www.novascotia.ca/nse/water/privatewells.asp .
The department is continuing to do testing and monitoring of the water quality in the area.
People will be notified when the boil advisory is lifted.