UPDATE: Fairview boil water advisory lifted after three tests show absence of E. coli

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FAIRVIEW, W.Va (WDTV) - UPDATE 6/7/19 9:01 AM
The boil water notice for the town of Fairview has officially been lifted.

According to Health and Human Resources officials all necessary work has been completed.

Three rounds of bacterial samples have been collected and confirmed absent test results of E-Coli.
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UPDATE 6/4/19
The final days of school for students at Fairview Elementary and Middle Schools will be a bit different.

The County Board of Education provided bottled water and hand sanitizer for students on the first day back since the schools were closed due to positive E. coli tests in the town's water system.

County health officials say a boil water notice has been in effect since for all residents on the water system.

Tests conducted over the weekend were negative for E. coli. County and state officials continue running tests on the water.

"We're not going to release the boil water notice until there are three consecutive tests that are E-Coli and total Chloroform-free as well," Marion County Health Department Administrator Lloyd White said.

5 News went to the town's water department for comment. Our request was declined.

We also stopped by the town hall during posted office hours, but it's currently closed for maintenance issues, according to a sign posted on the door.

Mel Coleman Jr. is in his eighth year as principal at Fairview Elementary School.

"A couple of times there hasn't been any water. There have been leaks and pipes have broken," Coleman said. "But this is a different situation where the water has been bad."

Health officials say the entire system is in the process of being flushed continuously. They're also increasing the disinfectant rate and sampling of the water

"They've had issues for a long time," White said. "This hopefully will give officials the ability to evaluate their system and make the appropriate upgrades to make sure we don't have continual problems with the water system."

Health officials say the entire system is in the process of being flushed continuously. They're also increasing the disinfectant rate and sampling of the water

Despite recent positive tests on the water precautions should still be taken.

"That's a question that's difficult to answer," White said. "Just because we're getting samples now that doesn't show any contamination, a sample is just a snapshot in time. We do have control measures that we want to implement so the water is safer as we move forward. I would still be cautious of human consumption, particularly drinking."

ORIGINAL STORY 5/31/19
Marion County health officials are urging Fairview residents not to drink the water after E. coli was found in the system.

According to Administrator Lloyd White, everyone on the Fairview water system is potentially affected. He confirmed that is why Fairview Elementary and Middle schools were closed on Friday.

Health officials were notified after two samples tested positive for E. coli. They believe it's in the system itself -- after where the water goes through disinfection.

White urges people not to drink the water but if you must use it, make sure you boil it or use a disinfectant.