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VIA: WRAL.COM

Smithfield has been placed under an advisory ordering residents to boil water, because testing of water samples detected the presence of coliform bacteria, officials said.

Coliform bacteria aren’t dangerous, but are an indicator that other, potentially harmful bacteria might be present.

Residents should boil all water used for human consumption, such as drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, making ice and washing hands. Boiling water for at least one minute should kill the bacteria.

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