POST FALLS — The City of Post Falls on
Thursday announced that routine water samples taken on Tuesday
revealed the presence of coliform bacteria.
"The affected area is north of
Poleline between Chase and Idaho Streets," a press release states.
"Additional sampling is currently being conducted."
Terry Werner, the city's public works
director, said the discovery is not an emergency and residents do
not need to boil their water.
"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."
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.
Total coliform bacteria are generally
not harmful. Sometimes its presence is detected when dirt enters
the line from construction or other activities around the
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.
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.
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.
The city anticipates the problem will
be resolved within a few days, Werner said.
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