North Platte says its water is safe, clean
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) - City officials defended North Platte's water
system Tuesday, despite two findings of bacteria last month.
Water taken from northwestern North Platte tested positive for coliform
bacteria twice in June. Such bacteria don't cause disease but are often
accompanied by disease-causing organisms, such as fecal coliforms or E.
In both cases, city workers retested the areas the following week, along
with eight routine samplings covering a cross section of North Platte,
with no findings of coliforms or harmful microorganisms.
Despite the clean bill of health, the findings violated North Platte's
limit of one coliform finding per month, and the city must alert all water
customers to any water quality violations. All customers will receive a
public notice explaining the violation with this month's utility bill.
"This is not an emergency," the notice reads, noting that
coliform bacteria are not disease causing.
"We don't want people to go out and spend 10 or 20 times the money
for bottled water, when they can have fresh water from the tap," said
Leroy Kramer, the city water specialist.