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2004 Media Releases

June 11, 2004
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Scott Holmes, Health Department, 441-8019
Steve Owen, Lincoln Water System, 441-5925

City Taking More Water Samples In Northeast Lincoln
Affected residents encouraged to continue taking precautions until test results available

The Lincoln Water System (LWS) continue to take water samples and flush lines in an area of northeast Lincoln where water sampling has revealed coliform bacteria. New test results will be available and released to the public next week.

The area affected is a triangle bordered by Adams Street on the south, 70th Street on the east and Cotner Boulevard on the northwest. There are no immediate health concerns, but as a precaution, the City advises those in the area who have infants or health problems, such as severely compromised immune systems, to boil their drinking water or use bottled water until further notice.

Scott Holmes, Manager of the Environmental Public Health Division of LLCHD, said those with home water purifying systems should continue to take precautions if they have infants or those with health problems in the household. While some home water purifying systems designed to remove bacteria an be effective, proper installation and maintenance are very important.

Officials believe the problem was caused by a private contractor who damaged two water service lines near 70th and Adams.

Residents who have questions can call LWS at 441-7571

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