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Water tests positive for E. coli in South Montgomery County Well

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Montgomery County M.U.D. No. 119 groundwater Well #1 tested positive for E. coli. Well #1 has been taken offline while corrective action is performed and additional samples are taken. This sample was collected on raw water and before any treatment or disinfection.

It is not necessary to boil your water. As a resident of the district, there is no action that you need to take and the water is safe to drink.

The District was notified on January 31, 2019 that E. coli bacteria were found in the water supply on January 29, 2019 from Well #1. If found in your drinking water, these bacteria can make you sick, and are a particular concern for infants, young children and people with weakened immune systems.

What should I do? What does this mean?

Fecal indicators are microbes whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term health effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.

The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice from their health care providers about drinking this water.

 

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Corrective action: The District has taken Well #1 offline and water is being provided by Well #2 only.

Additional corrective actions are being taken by the District and additional testing is being performed. The District will verify this water source is safe to drink before it is brought back online.

As a resident, there are no actions that you need to take.

Well #1 is offline and we anticipate resolving the problem with this well within a week. For more information, please contact the compliance department at 832-467-1599 or by mail at 17495 Village Green Dr, Houston, TX 77040. Additional information can be found on the operator’s website, EDPWater.com, under Your District – Montgomery County M.U.D. No. 119.

General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

 

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