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Posted on: July 28, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Public Notice to Users of Wayne Drinking Water System



In accordance with the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations, the City of Wayne, NE3118104, public water system in WAYNE County, is hereby making public notice of the violation of drinking water microbiological standards. The violation consists of three (3) total coliform samples testing positive during the month of July 2015. The standard is that no more than one (1) sample per month may be positive for total coliforms for systems that collect fewer than 40 samples per month.

What Should I Do?

You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.

People with severely compromised immune systems, infants and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

What Does This Mean?

This is not an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. Coliform bacteria are generally not harmful themselves. Coliforms are bacteria which are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other potentially-harmful bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems.

What Happened? What Is Being Done?

Usually, coliforms are a sign that there could be a problem with out treatment or distribution system pipes. Whenever we detect coliform bacteria in any sample, we do follow-up testing to see if other bacteria of greater concern, such as fecal coliform or E.coli are present. We did not find fecal coliform or E.coli present.

The City of Wayne public water supply system is continuing to test and is working with the Drinking Water Program to identify the source of the problem and to return the water supply system to compliance. We have done an extensive check of our system and taken over 30 samples that were negative since the violation. We believe the samples must have been contaminated when they were taken. Extra precaution is being taken during sampling to correct the problem. The Water Department has been in contact with the Nebraska Health and Human Services field representative for this area and to date we have found nothing wrong with our system. For additional information regarding this notice interested persons may contact:

JEFF BRADY PHONE # 402-375-5250

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

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