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Tests Show Coliform Bacteria in Cameron Waterworks Water

The samples listed below indicate the presence of cliform bacteria in your drinking water and are a violation of State and Federal Safe Driking Water Regulations.

A water sample collected on 07/14/2015 indicated the presence of coliform bacteria. Further sampling on 07/17/2015 confirmed their presence.

What precations should be taken at this time?

As a precaution we have increased the chlorineconcentration in our water supply. People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. As a precautionary measure, any ice cubes, beverages, baby formula, or other food items made with the water between (unsafe sample date) July 14, 2015 - (increased chlorination date) July 17, 2015 should be discarded and their containers or icemakers cleaned. If you have any questions, you can contact your local health department. If you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor. The time between the July 14, 2015 water sample and the time of increase chlorination of the water distribution system on July 17, 2015 is the result of the testing period.

What does this mean?

Total cloiform bacteria are generally not harmful themselves. Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially-harmful, bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this wasa  warning of potential problems.

Usually, coliforms are a sign that there could be a problem with the treatment or distributino system (pipes). Whenever we detect coliform bacteria in any sample, we do follow-up testing to see if other pacteria of greater concern, such as fecal coliform or E. coli, are present. We did not find any fecal coliform or E. coli bacteria in our subsequent testing.

What is being done to correct the problem?

Corrective action(s) taken: Fire hydrants were flushed in order to clear the water mains of old water and introduce fresh chlorinated water. Additional samples were taken to ensure safe drinking water.

For an official copy of this statement, visit the Cameron Village Hall.