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Whitworth Water District: Water clean after total coliform scare

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This notice was sent out to customers earlier this week This notice was sent out to customers earlier this week
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Update: Whitworth Water District 2 tells KHQ the samples that came back Wednesday are clean, so the water is OK. 

Previous coverage:

Whitworth Water District No. 2 hand delivered notes to homes Wednesday informing residents that total coliform was detected in several samples recently in the system pressure zone. 

"Total coliform is not necessarily a disease producing bacteria in humans, but rather is an indicator of an organism in the water and its presence does not require either a boil order or customer notification," the notice stated. 

The district said after receiving confirmation of the existence of total coliform in the water, they immediately started chlorination of the reservoir and mains to kill any bacteria. That process will continue for several weeks. 

"Because of this you may get a slight chlorine taste when drinking water during the next two to three weeks," the district said. 

According to the Washington State Department of Health, total coliform bacteria are commonly found in the environment (e.g., soil or vegetation) and are generally harmless. If only total coliform bacteria are detected in drinking water, the source is probably environmental and fecal contamination is not likely. 

Residents with questions about the treatment should call Whitworth Water District No. 2 at 509-466-0550. 

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