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City Of Post Falls: Coliform Bacteria Found In Water Sample

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: The City of Post Falls Water Division announced on Thursday that routine water samples taken on Dec. 7 revealed the presence of coliform bacteria. The affected area is north of Poleline between Chase and Idaho Streets. Additional sampling is currently being conducted. Testing of water samples takes 24 hours to process and the City must show two consecutive days of samples with no coliform bacteria. When results are available, the City will update the information and notify the public as to the status of the water.

This is not an emergency. Total coliform bacteria are generally not harmful, and City residents do not need to boil their water. People with severely compromised immune systems, families with infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk and may want to contact their health care provider for additional guidance.

The City of Post Falls Water Division takes routine samples monthly to test the system for coliform bacteria. Usually coliform bacteria are a sign that there could be a problem with the system's treatment or distribution system.

Whenever coliform bacteria are detected in any sample, the City Water Division does follow up testing to see if other bacteria of greater concern, such as fecal E. coli, may be present. Those bacteria have not been found in any samples taken. If these organisms December 9, 2010 are detected, the public will be notified immediately. Residents will be informed when water samples show no bacteria present.

The Water Division is currently investigating the incident and is flushing the system. The Water Division is working diligently to correct the problem and anticipates that it will be resolved within a few days.

Please contact the Water Division if you have any questions. 208-777-9857

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