The Rye Water District's boil water order is so close yet so far from being lifted after two weeks.

The order was first implemented October 12, when high levels of e.Coli were detected in routine testing. Two consecutive clean tests for both e. Coli and coliform bacteria are required in order to lift the order.

After a seasonal system-wide chlorination and flushing was completed, the district resumed submitting samples for testings. The samples showed improvement, but not enough to end the boil water order.

Samples taken Monday at four of five Rye Water District sites have met the state's clean water standards for both e. Coli and coliform bacteria. The Washington Road site, however, still exceeds the level for coliform bacteria. Results from Tuesday samples are pending.

The town has given out 1,530 cases of water to district customers as of Monday.

The district continues to investigate the source of the contamination, but said no cases of e.Coli relatated illness has been reported in Rye.

Portsmouth's Water Department and the Rochester Department of Public Works have helped the chlorination and flushing process.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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