Bacteria found in Post Falls water

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BRIAN WALKER

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"border-collapse: collapse;">POST FALLS — The City of Post Falls on

Thursday announced that routine water samples taken on Tuesday

revealed the presence of coliform bacteria. 

"border-collapse: collapse;">"The affected area is north of

Poleline between Chase and Idaho Streets," a press release states.

"Additional sampling is currently being conducted."

"border-collapse: collapse;">Terry Werner, the city's public works

director, said the discovery is not an emergency and residents do

not need to boil their water.

"border-collapse: collapse;">"We're not adding chlorine to the

system at this time," Werner said. "We're flushing the fire

hydrants. If we get into the middle of next week and we still don't

have the problem under control, we'll add chlorine."

"border-collapse: collapse;">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.

"border-collapse: collapse;">Total coliform bacteria are generally

not harmful. Sometimes its presence is detected when dirt enters

the line from construction or other activities around the

system. 

"border-collapse: collapse;">People with severely compromised

immune systems, families with infants and some seniors may be at

increased risk and may want to contact their health care provider

for additional guidance.

"border-collapse: collapse;">The city 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.

"border-collapse: collapse;">Whenever coliform bacteria are

detected in any sample, the city performs 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 are detected, the public will be notified

immediately. Residents will also be informed when water samples

show no bacteria present.

"border-collapse: collapse;">The city anticipates the problem will

be resolved within a few days, Werner said.

"border-collapse: collapse;">For more information, call

777-9857.

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