Mitchell chlorinating water after positive coliform tests

Mitchell residents have been informed the city will be chlorinating their water for the next month due to four positive coliform bacteria tests during the month of September.

City Administrator Ty Abernethy says the situation is not an emergency but the city is erring on the side of safety and taking the necessary precautions. Abernethy says coliforms are bacteria which are naturally present the environment and are used as an indicator that other potentially harmful bacteria may be present. Chlorination and follow-up testing will be done to make sure bacteria of greater concern, such as fecal coliform or E.coli, is not present.

Residents can still drink and use the city's water while the chlorination is taking place, although the water may have a chlorine smell and taste to it. Abernethy says there is no need to boil your water, but if you have specific health concerns or compromised immune systems you should consult your doctor.

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