Testing has revealed that Brooke Utilities’ Tonto Creek Shores water system which serves Gisela violated the drinking-water maximum contaminant level for total and fecal coliform bacteria for the month of November.
To correct the problem, the California-based company “immediately began necessary and appropriate treatment of the drinking water,” according to a press release sent out Wednesday by Tina Harding of Brooke Utilities.
Subsequent testing and water monitoring has indicated that no contamination presently exists, the press release reported.
Fecal coliforms and E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term effects such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea and headaches. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some elderly persons, and those with severely compromised immune systems.
The Environmental Protection Agency has set an enforceable drinking water standard for fecal coliforms and E. coli to reduce the risk of these adverse health effects. Under this standard, all drinking water samples must be free of these bacteria.
If you have any questions regarding the Tonto Creek Shores water system, call a Brooke Utilities customer service representative at (800) 270-6084.