E. coli found in City of Franklin’s water system

FRANKLIN – Update as of 2:40 p.m. July 29

Officials in the city of Franklin have isolated the likely source of an E. coli contamination and continue to urge residents to boil their culinary water as a “precautionary safe measure,” according to city administrator, Tami Midzinski.

It appears irrigation water overflowed and fed into one of the city’s multiple springs. When officials discovered the issue, Midzinksi said they immediately shut down the source and flushed the system.

In addition, Midzinki said additional chlorine was added to the city’s water plant to render the E. coli ineffective.

A water sample was sent to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and results are expected late Monday evening or Tuesday morning.

The city will notify residents of the results of the test.

The story will be updated as additional information comes available.

FRANKLIN – The city of Franklin, Idaho has issued a warning after E. coli was assumed to be found in the city’s water system on July 28, according to a statement released on the city’s website.

These bacteria can make you sick, and are especially a concern for people with weakened immune systems.

Until further notice, city leaders are advising residents to use bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation.

In lieu of bottled water, residents can boil their water for one minute and let it cool before using it.

The city has shut down the water source and notified the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in an effort to isolate and contain the source of the bacteria, according to the statement.

Updates will be provided on the city website www.franklinidaho.org, City of Franklin Facebook page, and a letter will be delivered to each citizen when the city receives test results back from the state certified lab.

General guidelines on ways to lesson the risk of infection by bacteria and other disease causing organisms are available from the EPA Safe Drinking water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791

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