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Published on October 22, 2015

Tests Show Coliform Bacteria in City of Drayton Water

Drayton, ND – The City of Drayton’s water system recently violated a drinking water standard. In September 2015, five samples for coliform bacteria were taken, of which two showed the presence of coliform bacteria. The standard is that no more than one sample per month may do so.

While this is not an emergency, residents of Drayton should know the following:

    • You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your healthcare provider.
    • If you have a severely compromised immune system, have an infant, are pregnant or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice from your healthcare provider about drinking your water. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1.800.426.4791.

Total coliform bacteria are generally not harmful themselves. Coliforms are bacteria which are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other potentially harmful bacteria may be present. Follow-up testing has shown that bacteria of greater concern, such as fecal coliform or E. coli, are not present.

As of October 9, 2015, the issue has been resolved.

For more information, please contact the City of Drayton at 701.454.3590.