E. Coli Found In Drinking Water - The Reykjavik Grapevine

E. Coli Found In Drinking Water

Published September 9, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
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Residents of Vogar, situated between Reykjavík and Keflavík, are being advised to boil drinking water after E. coli was found in the municipal water wells, reports DV.

Drinking water in Vogar comes out of two wells, one of which has been confirmed to contain a strain of E. coli bacteria that causes symptoms of food poisoning such as vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhoea.

In a statement, the Board of Public Health has asked residents to boil all drinking water until further notice as a precautionary measure, even though all water for the area is currently coming from the well that tested negative for E. coli.

The reason for the E. coli pollution is so far unknown, though it is assumed that contaminated surface water made its way into the well following heavy rainfall in the area last weekend.

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