While much of the country was wrapped up in news
about swine flu, residents of Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut spent the weekend
wondering if their water might make them sick.
Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut municipality announced Monday at noon that water
in the area was safe to drink, following news late Friday from the
Health Ministry that a water test had found contamination.
The contamination was found in a routine test at the Mekorot
National Water Company facility outside the city, which provides water
to Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut, Modi'in Illit
Because the news came after the beginning of Shabbat, municipal
officials sent messengers to post announcements outside synagogues, in
addition to automated phone calls to all the houses in the city.
Approximately a quarter of the city's nearly 75,000 residents are
Residents were told to boil water before drinking it
or using it to cook or to brush their teeth. The municipality's warning
said no special medicine was needed and that anyone who experienced
stomach pain should consult their regular physician.
According to one resident, supermarkets ran out of mineral
water on Saturday as people rushed to make sure they would have clean
water to drink.
"I thought [the
municipality] did very well," said Yossi Garr, who lives in Modi'in
with his wife and three children, of the response to the contamination.
[pray] in a school, and the fact that they knew to post a notice there is very impressive."