Contaminants found in water sample
by TP staff
Apr 27, 2010 | 4099 views | 7 7 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Notices were sent out to 28 homes in Maurland Manor in southeastern Tracy on Tuesday telling residents to boil water before drinking it after a water sample was found to be contaminated with fecal bacteria.

The San Joaquin County Public Works Department expects the trouble to be cleared up sometime today. The department suspects there was a problem with the sample rather than the water supply, which was tested two days earlier with clean results, said a county worker who asked for anonymity because he was unauthorized to speak for the department.

The presence of E. coli or fecal matter in the sample prompted notices telling residents to boil water for a minute and let it cool before “drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until further notice.”

The bacteria can cause serious illness and even death and poses higher risks for infants, young children, the elderly and people with weak immune systems.

New samples have already been collected and will be tested at an outside laboratory, the county worker said.

The bacteria can contaminate water following run-off after heavy rains; it can get into water if a pipe breaks; and sometimes can contaminate water if there’s a problem with a water treatment plant, residents were told.
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Ornley_Gumfudgen
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April 30, 2010
RHCP

Ya asked, "Where is the water treatment plant for the County?"

Thair ain't one. People in th county either use bottled water, have it hauled in an stored in a tank or have thair own water well. Generally they have thair own well.

Regardless, water treatment is on them.

Now fer sewage they either have holdin tanks that have ta be pumped an hauled away or, if th ground will percolate it, in ground septic tank systems that treat th water an release it inta th ground.

Now thair are some small communities that are not towns or cities that could share a communal well an septic system but thair ain't many of those an mostly th people livin out in th county each have thair own well an septic system.

Hope that answered yer question.
Tinfoil
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April 28, 2010
It should be obvious by now that SOMEBODY is putting poo in the drinking water. I am SOO grossed out. Look for someone with smelly hands.
A_DOGS_LIFE
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April 28, 2010
I just heard on the news that all of Mountain House and Tracy up to tracy Blvd will need to Boil your water Until furthr notice
RedHotChilliPeppers
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April 28, 2010
Where is the water treatment plant for the County?
Tinfoil
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April 28, 2010
I wonder if the fecal contaminants are coming from the unwashed hands of Public Works Dept employees who handle the specimen bottles.

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'The department suspects there was a problem with the sample rather than the water supply, which was tested two days earlier with clean results'
tincup79
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April 28, 2010
A little over a week ago a friend of mine posted on Facebook that his business in San Leandro received a notice that the water was contaminated with E-Coli and not to drink it. That same night I was watching the news and there was a story about E-Coli being found in the water in Stockton... now this, what is going on, that is 3 cases of E-Coli being found in the water system within the last couple of weeks.
heresatip
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April 28, 2010
Is this Mountain House water?


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