Waskom City Works Director Darrell Robbins reported that E. Coli bacteria, discovered last Wednesday, on January 9, 2019, is an isolated instance involving a single water well source. Stating, “The water was not distributed to Waskom residents after testing positive.” The well was taken out of service and tests continue, the estimated resolution is estimated to be seven (7) days.
Currently, Waskom citizens do not need to boil their water, as current water sources are safe. Mayor Jesse Moore’s office has taken the lead in ordering other testing to be done to ensure the safety of the water supply for the City of Waskom. The incident is expected to be cleared by next week and until that time all caution should be taken for infants and senior citizens, individuals with weakened immunity should take all safety measures.
This type of bacteria is a product of water contamination with human or animal waste. If you feel ill with diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms, please seek medical attention from your health care provider.
A public notice was supplied for all related concerns to be addressed to the Waskom’s Public Works, contact Darrell Robbins at (903) 687-3374.
General guidelines on ways to reduce the risk of infection by microbes and water contamination are available at the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline 1-800-426-4791.