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Water tests high for coliform in Genoa

Staff reports

The Sierra Shadows/ Genoa Lakes public water system has violated the maximum contaminant level for coliform for the month of July, according to a report released by the county Community Development Department.

The report states that total coliform bacteria, while common in the environment, are generally not harmful themselves.

Carl Ruschmeyer, county water/wastewater engineer said no boiling order was in effect as a result of the test results.

“This is pretty routine, and is not a major health threat,” he said.

The presence of these bacteria in drinking water, however, may indicate a problem in the water treatment or the pipes used to distribute the water.

Exposure to the bacteria may cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, fatigue and possibly jaundice.

To correct the situation, county utility personnel increased disinfection and flushed the mains to ensure proper circulation of the disinfectant.

In addition, the county has increased its sampling and monitoring as mandated by the state, according to the report.

Call 782-6227 for more information.