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E. Coli Found in Ellsworth Air Force Base Water Supply
August 25, 2014

E. Coli Found in Ellsworth Air Force Base Water Supply

A routine check of Ellsworth Air Force Base's water supply led to the discovery of E. Coli last Saturday afternoon, Rapid City Journal reports. The water supply was tested on the previous Tuesday, and an investigation is underway as to why it took so long to find out the results. 

Although Ellsworth gets its water from the Rapid City supply, it uses a different pipe system, so Rapid City's water supply has not experienced any contamination. 

To prevent illness, a water boil order has been issued. Ellsworth residents are not to drink water, or use it for dishes or brushing of the teeth, unless it has been boiled for at least one minute. The boil order is expected to end on Tuesday at 4:00 PM.

If anyone is feeling sick, Ellsworth requests you call 385-6700. For the latest information, call 385-2580.

For more information on health and wellness or Ellsworth Air Force Base, please visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network's archives.

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