Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
Some customers told CBS 5 News they didn't find out until as late as 7 p.m.
Several water companies service the city of Buckeye, but this contamination alert only affected Valencia Water customers.
According to a notice posted on the website for Global Water, Valencia's parent company, they found E. coli in both a well source and its distribution system. They made the discovery during routine testing.
Walker said two samples tested positive for E. coli on Friday afternoon, so they flushed the distribution system with chlorine.
The company ran 12 more tests and identified one well where E. coli came from so they took it out of the distribution system, according to Walker, and customers were advised on Saturday that the water was safe.
About 5,800 customers were affected, according to Global Water spokesman Paul Walker.
Customers were advised to boil water for at least a minute, to kill the bacteria, before they drink it - or drink bottled water instead.
E. coli is a serious health risk that can cause a variety of gastrointestinal issues.
"I was immediately panicked because I have two kids that have health issues and I have one that has autism," said Valencia Water customer Rebecca Rovenstine. "He doesn't drink any bottled water. We keep a gallon of water in the fridge, from the tap, that's cold and it just made me panic. I didn't know what to do. But, they don't have any symptoms yet - which is good."
News of the water contamination forced several restaurants that are Valencia customers, to close their doors Friday. In fact, that's how some residents found out about the problem - from notices on the restaurants' doors.
"Very maddening, frustrating that they're calling some people and not others," said Valencia Water customer Daniel Rovenstine. "People could be getting sick."
At this time, the company said it doesn't know how E. coli entered its water system.
Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News for updates on this developing story.
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Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>