City of Gordon is under an indefinite boil water notice

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GORDON, Neb. - (KNEP) - City of Gordon residents are under a boil water notice after a sample tests positive for E-Coli bacteria.

City Manager Glen Spaugh states they do regular testing and last week one location in the northwest side of the city tested positive. The site was tested again and it came back negative.

They are unsure exactly how the bacteria got into the water system, but the Department of Health and Human Services as deemed it necessary for the city to institute a boil water notice. Spaugh stated with the holiday coming up, they won’t be able to send samples back right away. They must have a total of ten samples within a two-day span test negative for the notice to be lifted.

Spaugh said they will test next Tuesday and Wednesday and send five samples from each day.

According to the release by DHHS, residents should not drink the water without boiling it first. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using. You can also use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. By boiling the water, it kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

Short-term effects from contamination include diarrhea, cramps, nausea, or headaches. It may also pose a special health risk for infants, young, children, some of the elderly and those with severely compromised immune systems.

Spaugh mentioned the earliest the notice could be lifted would be Thursday, September 5th. That is, if all test samples come back negative.