ST. GEORGE, UTAH – September 14, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) – Drinking water warnings and boil orders that had been in place for parts of St. George after potentially harmful bacteria was found over the weekend have been lifted.
Officials said during routine water quality testing, a water sample taken in the Fort Pearce Industrial Park tested positive for potentially harmful bacteria in the drinking water. Fecal coliform bacteria were found in the water distribution system in the industrial park, and businesses and residents in that immediate were asked to use bottled water or to boil water before drinking. On Monday afternoon a sample that was last taken from the water came up clear of the bacteria and the ban was lifted.
Additional testing in and around the area isolated the coliform to a single sampling station. Multiple routine samples taken outside the Fort Pearce Industrial Park tested negative and showed no signs of contamination, including residential areas Bloomington Hills and Bloomington.
City water crews immediately replaced the contaminated sampling station, chlorinated, and flushed the distribution system. Repeat samples were collected and tested for the presence of coliform and E. coli bacteria.
Crews have posted a notice/warning on all addresses in the industrial park and utilized the City’s Reverse 911 system to further notify those who may have been affected.