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Residents in Wakefield area advised to boil water before using

GOGEBIC COUNTY, MI— A “boil water” advisory has been issued for the city of Wakefield and nearby townships.

The Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office says on Monday, a sample collected from city wells tested positive for E-coli. Residents were instructed to boil their water at least a minute before drinking it, using it to brush their teeth, or preparing food.

Officials are working with the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department to collect additional samples and determine the source of the contamination. Areas included under the advisory are Wakefield Township, Bessemer Township, and Ironwood Township. The city of Bessemer is not included.

The latest information can be found on the Gogebic County Sheriff's Office and Western Upper Peninsula Health Department’s Facebook pages.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.