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11 !. Ol !o o i.s IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER Tests showed Coliform Bacteria in Mt. Pulaski Water System Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this incident was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct this situation. We routinely monitor for drinking water contaminants. We took 2 distri- bution samples to test for the presence of coliform bacteria during March 2014. Both samples showed the presence of total coliform bacteria. The standard is that no more than 1 sample per month can contain this indica- tor bacteria, WHAT SHOULD I DO? 1. You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. However, if you have specific health concerns, Con- sult your doctor. 2. People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the USEPA'S Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? This is not an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. Coliform Bacteria are generally not harmful them- selves. Coliforms are bacteria which are naturally present in the environ- ment, and are used as an indicator that other, potentially harmful bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning 0fpotential problems. Usually, coliforms are a sign that there could be a problem with the system's treatment or distribution system (pipes). Whenever we detect coliform bacteria in any sample, we do follow-up testing to see if other bacteria of greater concern, such as fecal coliform or e-coli are present. WE DID NOT FIND ANY OF THESE BACTERIA IN OUR SUB- SEQUENT TESTING, AND FURTHER TESTING SHOWS THAT THIS PROBLEM HAS BEEN RESOLVED. ALL TESTS PER- FORMED IN APRIL 2014, WERE ALL SATISFACTORY! WHAT HAPPENED, WHAT WAS DONE? Although we cannot guarantee this happened, the water sample collector reported that the water sample bottle came into contact with the sampling tap. This may have contributed to the samples testing positive for coliform, or it may not. To be safe, we are issuing this notice. The sample collector has been instructed tO be more careful when collecting water samples. For more information, you can contact Deanna Young at 217-792- 3222 or at City Hall, 113 s. Lafayette St., Mt. Pulaski, IL. 62548. Please share this information with all other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly. (exam- ples are apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). This notice is being published by the Mt. Pulaski Water System, ID 1070400 Published May 5, 2014 Over 30 Years Experience General Contracting Professional Service. Home Town Commitment Fully Insured- Bonded & Licensed License # 104- 008527 Ray Inman 454-3090 Hew TV? l"