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Test Show Coliform Bacteria In Belgrade Water

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When tested this month, the city of Belgrade's water violated the state's drinking water standard. Two of the city's samples tested positive for coliform bacteria.

According to the state standard, no more than one sample per month can test positive for the bacteria.

Belgrade Public Works Director, Steve Klotz says at this time, residents do not need to boil their water after samples tested positive for coliform bacteria.

Shenna Lund works with infants at the Little Loved Ones Preschool and Daycare in Belgrade.
She was unaware the city found coliform in the drinking water.

"I was kind of surprised because we really didn't know about the contamination," said Klotz.

People with severely compromised immune systems, infants and elderly may be at risk for health effects. Lund said the daycare takes all concerned drinking water notices seriously because they use tap water daily with their infants.

"We usually just use bottle water and post a note on the door notifying the parents of the contamination, but it's not ordered a big deal until there is boil order," said Lund.

Klotz said two of the 13 samples they took this past month contained coliform bacteria.

"This last month we had one of our eight samples come back positive. It was retested and it was not present for any the harmful bacteria such as e-e coli," said Klotz.

The Department of Environmental Quality requires the city to re-test when they have a positive hit for coliform bacteria. Klotz said the city is being proactive to make sure the drinking water is safe for residents.

"We typically flush our water mains throughout the year. When we get a hit for total coliform bacteria, we step that up a little bit and isolate some of the flushing in that area to make sure we flush any type of bacteria that could still be in the water mains," said Klotz.

Lund said she hopes the city takes care of the water as quick as possible.

"Whatever the issue is, it would be nice to be resolved," said Lund. "It is scary to have contaminated water especially when you're giving it to infants all day long."

Any questions, residents should contact the Belgrade Public Works Department.

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