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E. Coli discovered in Refugio drinking water

Posted at 2:41 PM, Nov 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-21 15:55:21-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS — Health experts are on high alert after a test discovered there was e.coli in a water well.

A statement was issued to the public on Thursday afternoon. "E. Coli bacteria were found in the water supply on 11/20/2019. These bacteria can make you sick, and are a particular concern for infants, young people, and people with weakened immune systems," according to a statement from city of Refugio.

The Fecal indicators are microbes whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term health effects such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms, according to the Refugio statement.

Doctors say they may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.

Refugio city officials say the symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.

People at increased risk should seek advice from their health care providers about drinking this water.

Officials say Refugio city workers have isolated the problem and will be disinfecting the water well. They said they are using a secondary source for water.

Samples will be taken and tested to make sure there is no more e.coli is no longer in the water. Refugio city officials say the problems should be resolved by 11/26/2019.