Water alert forces two Laurel businesses to delay operations

Updated: May. 9, 2013 at 10:38 PM CDT
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LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Laurel boil water alert has forced two businesses to delay it's operations Friday, May 10.

The Wayne Farms processing plant will not run a day shift on Friday May 10. Currently operations are scheduled to resume on the 2nd shift at regularly scheduled times.

Meanwhile, the Sanderson Farms Laurel Processing Plant will not operate Friday May 10. Normal plant operation will resume Monday May 13.

Thursday, the Mississippi State Department of Health issued a Boil-Water Alert for customers who receive their drinking water from the City of Laurel water supply located in Jones County.

The alert affects approximately 23,258 customers in the area.

Water sampling showed the presence of E. coli. bacteria.

Health officials strongly recommend that all water be boiled vigorously for one minute before it is consumed.  This precaution will last at least two full days and water system officials will be immediately notified when the boil water alert is lifted.

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