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Posted on: June 20, 2012


E. coli Drinking Water Standard Exceeded

The City of Aberdeen has exceeded the E. coli standard during the month of June, 2012. The affected areas are from North Washington Street to North High Street and from 4th Avenue NE to 12th Avenue NE. These bacteria in drinking water can make you sick and are a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems.

The State of South Dakota and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set drinking water standards and have determined that the presence of fecal coliforms or E. coli is a serious health concern. E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.

The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.

DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

Bacterial contamination can occur when increased run-off enters the drinking water source (for example, following heavy rains). It can also happen due to a break in the distribution system or a failure in the water treatment process.

The City of Aberdeen is taking the following actions to correct this problem:
-Investigating the source of the contamination
-Flushing of water main lines
-Increasing chlorine levels

Please share this information with all the people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

For additional information, please contact the Public Works Office at 626-7010.

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