Fecal Coliform Detected in Titusville Groundwater, Say Officials

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'Our customers have a right to know what happened'

Titusville officials have announced that the water system recently detected fecal coliform, in a raw water sample at two of their wellfield sample points:

BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – Titusville officials have announced that the water system recently detected fecal coliform, in a raw water sample at two of their wellfield sample points:

– 2836 Garden Street Plant Raw (from Areas II, III, and IV Wellfields)

– 2836 Garden Street Area IV Raw (from Area IV Wellfield), and Barna Raw (from Area III Wellfield)

“Our customers have a right to know what happened and what we are doing to correct this situation,” said a spokesperson with the City of Titusville.

“On March 29, we learned that the samples collected on March 27 from our three wellfield sample points were fecal coliform positive. We immediately collected new samples from all three wellfield sample points. No Fecal Coliform was present in the samples taken on March 29 from each of the wellfield sample points.”

“One of the violations concerned our lead and copper monitoring and one concerned sampling that was fecal coliform positive,” said Titusville Fire Department officials.

What should I do?

You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.

Coliform bacteria are indicator organisms. 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.

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

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.

What is being done?

Immediately upon learning of the positive Fecal Coliform samples, the City of Titusville re-sampled the three wellfield sample points (March 29, 2018). No Fecal Coliform was present in the new samples.

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To ensure errors do not occur again, personnel training and sampling protocols and procedures have been reviewed and amended. Subsequent weekly samples on April 4, April 11, and April 17, 2018, of the three wellfield sample points have remained absent for coliform.

Titusville officials ask residents share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).

For more information, please contact Sean Stauffer, Water Resources Director, at 321-567-3855 or write to Sean Stauffer, City of Titusville, 2836 Garden Street, Titusville, FL 32796.

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