Boil Water Advisory Issued for City of Hastings, E. coli Found

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Minnesota Department of Health

September 22, 2018 06:56 PM

The City of Hastings issued a water advisory on Saturday, saying traces of E. coli was found.

According to the city's government website, E. coli bacteria has been detected in a section of the City of Hastings public water system. The Minnesota Department of Health and the City of Hastings are working together to try and identify the cause of the positive results, as no explanation has been stated as of yet. 

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The City says to bring all water to a full, rolling boil, let it boil for one minute or longer, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in water.

E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems.

Chlorine will be added to the affected section of the City water system to disinfect the system beginning Saturday and continuing through Sunday. The City's website said they will update when tests show no coliform bacteria and people no longer need to boil their water. The problem is expected to be fixed in three to five days.

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