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Tests confirm coliform bacteria in one sample of Norfolk, NE water


Norfolk, Nebraska is informing residents that coliform bacteria was detected in their water system. But, they insist the water is still safe.

The city's water department detected the bacteria in June tests of the public water system. Nebraska State Health and Human Services found it in samples of a June 3rd test, but did not find fecal coliform or E. Coli.

The City water and sewer director says the negative test for dangerous bacteria means the water is still safe. "There is no reason to boil the water," said Dennis Watts, City of Norfolk Water and Sewer Director. "I think that citizens can be very confident that their water is safe to drink."

Watts said that the city takes multiple samples of the water system every week. None of the later tests showed any coliform bacteria. He believes that the samples failed because of improper sampling techniques, contaminated sample bottles or a laboratory error.


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