The City of Columbus Water Production Division is required by the Nebraska Dept. of Health & Human Services to issue a public notice of the violation of drinking water microbiological standards when two samples taken in May tested positive for coliform.
The standard requires no more than one sample per month may be positive for total coliforms for water systems that collect fewer than 40 samples per month. The City has re-sampled the water supply, and all samples taken have tested negative for any coliform.
This is not an emergency. If it had been an emergency, notification would have been immediately required. Residents do NOT need to boil their water.
The regulation requires that a Public Notice be sent to every water customer within thirty (30) days of the violation. The City of Columbus Water Production Division will be sending notices to all water customers this week. (A copy of the Public Notice can be found on the city web site www.columusne.us.)