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Officials: Horizon-area drinking water tests positive for E. Coli

Updated: Monday, August 12 2013, 12:48 PM MDT

By: Elena Arteaga

HORIZON CITY, Texas -- Some Horizon City residents are being told to boil their water, after a water sample tested positive for E. Coli.

The boil notice only affects people living in the El Paso Hills neighborhood. 

Several concerned residents contacted KFOX14, seeking answers.

Mark Steelman, the Regional Operations Support Manager with Severn Trent Environmental Services, Inc., issued KFOX14 the following statement: 

"The following statement only affects the El Paso Hills area of the Horizon Regional Municipal Utility District. No other areas are affected by the boil water notice issued today. 

During routine testing of the water system one of our samples tested positive for E.Coli. This type of sample can be a false positive for reasons including dirt or sand blowing into the sample bottle or the sampler touching a surface inside the sample bottle such as under the lid or inside the bottle. TCEQ requires a boil water notice be issued while follow up sampling and flushing occurs. Additional samples have been collected in the area and are being tested. Due to the fact that this test takes 24 hours to attain results we have issued a boil water notice for the El Paso Hills area only as a precautionary measure. Horizon Regional MUD has no reason to believe there is a danger to the public but must adhere to state water quality standards and issue this boil water notice. We will release a follow up report after analysis is completed."

KFOX14 is monitoring the situation, and will continue to update this story.

Officials: Horizon-area drinking water tests positive for E. Coli


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