Order to boil drinking water in Giessen is lifted
GIESSEN, Germany — An order that included U.S. military personnel in Giessen to boil drinking water was lifted Friday after tests cleared the local municipal system of elevated levels of bacteria, according to Army officials.
City officials rescinded the two-day advisory after tests found that the water met German standards, said Peter Bosmajian, operations and maintenance chief for the Directorate of Public Works, 284th Base Support Battalion.
A routine test conducted earlier this week by the city revealed higher than expected levels of E. coli bacteria, Bosmajian said. That triggered further tests, water chlorination and the advisory, which included the Giessen military community since it buys its water from the municipal system.
No illnesses were reported in the U.S. military community, officials said.
Bosmajian said U.S. personnel in the Dulles and Marshall housing areas were never really in danger because the Army regularly chlorinates its water. As a rule, towns in Germany, including Giessen, don’t chlorinate their water.
The Army’s primary concern was to notify Americans who live off base of the need to boil water for domestic consumption. The affected area was roughly in the central, western and southern parts of the city, said Petra Roberts, a 284th BSB spokeswoman.
“To be on the safe side, we jumped on the wagon,” Roberts said.