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Corpus Christi utility crews continue working to pinpoint the source of the recent E-coli contamination, and much of their investigation is aimed at finding an absent or failing backflow prevention device on a sprinkler system in the Flour Bluff area.
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CLINTON, Utah — Clinton City’s public works department said they’ve discovered the cause of last week’s city-wide culinaary water contamination was a single home where someone created a cross connection between the culinary and secondary water systems.
Residents in Clinton were on a boil water advisory for nearly a week after the city detected coliform in the water.
Officials with the public works department said they were able to locate the problem fairly quickly, and they lifted the boil order last Thursday.
“Pretty early on in the process, the contamination was ended, but the testing process goes on for quite a while afterwards to verify that the water is clean,” said Michael Chad, who is the Clinton City Public Works director.
Chad said it is very important that the two water systems stay separate in order to prevent contamination from happening. Culinary water is treated for drinking while secondary water is used for things like irrigation.
The city is now considering system changes to prevent a contamination from happening again. Anyone who believes their system may be cross-connected should call Clinton City Public Works.
In the meantime, residents in the affected area can bring their own containers to the fire station at the municipal building to get safe drinking water. Firefighters will be standing by to fill those containers until 11 p.m. Tuesday.
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The City of Jerome Ordinance number 1096 was passed in July of 2012 requiring Backflow devices to be tested at least once a year by June 1st. Therefore, devices must pass a performance based operational test by an approved Licensed Backflow Test no later than June 1st this year as well. A list of Licensed testers is available at www.cityofjerome.com or in the Utility office located at 152 E. Ave A street in Jerome. For more information, call Public Works at (208) 324-9669.
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