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Bacteria found in Ellsworth's drinking water; water is safe to drink

The Village of Ellsworth issued an emergency chlorination notice Wednesday morning after a presence of coliform bacteria was found in its drinking water. 

According to the Deparmtent of Natural Resources (DNR), a water sample collected on Thursday, Sept. 12 indicated the presence of bacteria and further sampling collected on Monday confirmed it.

The DNR stressed the drinking water is safe, but, as a precautionary measure, they recommend any ice and premixed beverages (I.e. juice, lemonade, formula, etc.) made prior to the notice being issued should be discarded. 

Chlorination of the system started Tuesday and will continue until two rounds of tests showing no bacteria is achieved. The DNR's Brad Henderson said that would last between a week or two. 

Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other potentially-harmful, bacteria may be present. No fecal coliform or E.coli bacteria were found in subsquent testing. 

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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