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Consumers advised to check for contaminated bottled water

CONCORD - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is recommending that people who have purchased three-gallon or five-gallon water bottles from Poland Spring since Nov. 1 open them and check for possible gasoline odors before using the water.

Clean water is odorless and should not have any chemical smell.

After Super Storm Sandy struck the Eastern Seaboard in October, gasoline shortages were reported in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and some residents used empty containers to transport gasoline. In the past three months, bottled water companies have detected and blocked from reuse an increased number of returned water bottles found to contain gasoline residue or fumes.

A small number of contaminated bottles are believed to have made it through the detection process and back into consumer use. The exposure levels involved are not likely to result in long-term health effects, said state health officials, who are working with the Food and Drug Administration and other New England states on the issue.

For more information, visit or call 271-4589.

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