Ft. Oglethorpe Boiling Water Notice Lifted After E. coli was Found in Water Sample
Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga. (WDEF) – For less than 24 hours, the city of Ft. Oglethorpe was under a boil water notice, after E. coli bacteria were discovered in a drinking water sample days ago.
“This is alarming to the citizens,” said Ft. Oglethorpe Mayor Earl Gray, “but the good news is if you’ve been drinking the water all day today, you don’t have to worry about it.
The contaminated sample was sent to a lab for screening, and came back negative Thursday evening. So the boil water notice was immediately lifted. “We actually feel like we handled the situation very well,” said Mayor Gray, “First time that this type has ever happened, and we know now that it was in fact a bad sample and that’s something that we can correct, and we will correct.”
Letters were sent out Thursday afternoon warning residents and business owners in the city, but officials say they no longer have anything to worry about.
And for the next two to three weeks, Officials with the Tennessee American Water Company will help collect 50 water samples in the area, to keep an eye on things.