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Emergency chlorination noticed lifted from Ellsworth Village

Public Works Director Greg Engeset announed Thursday afternoon, Nov. 14, that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR)  has lifted the emergency chlorination  of the Village of Ellsworth's water system after the final set of five samples came back safe.

"We will continue to chlorinate the water for the coming weeks but it will be at a lesser dose than specified when the emergency chlorination was issued. The lower dosage will take a few days to reach all of the areas of our system and we will continue to monitor the strength of the chlorine thru out the upcoming weeks," Engeset said Thursday.

The emergency chlorination notice came after water samples collected on Monday, Oct. 28, and Wednesday, Oct. 30, indicated the presence of coliform bacteria.  Coliform bacteria are not harmful themselves. Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other potentially-harmful, bacteria may be present.

The Village stressed no fecal coliform or E.coli bacteria were found in subsquent testing.