Campylobacter Bacteria Found in Utah Drinking Water

Last month, the City of Saratoga Springs, Utah, issued a boil water order for the northern half of the city after Campylobacter bacteria were discovered in the city’s drinking water system. At least 15 people became ill with confirmed Campylobacteriosis, and the Utah County Health Department received additional reports of illness including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps consistent with Campylobacter infection.

Anniversary of Walkerton Tragedy is Strong Reminder

Last Sunday marked the 10 year anniversary of the E. coli outbreak that was caused by contamination of the water supply in Walkerton, Ontario. In May of 2000, more than half of the town’s 5,000 residents became severely sick and seven people died as a result of bacteria laden water. The drinking water supply became tainted when

Salmonella in Drinking Water Results in Alamosa Lawsuit

A group of 29 plaintiffs filed a lawsuit March 1 against the city of Alamosa, Colorado claimingsalmonella bacteria in the water supply had sickened and even killed some members of their families. An investigation by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment concluded that salmonella from animal feces contaminated the drinking water supply in March 2008 for an entire week before being

Legionella Control in Institutional Water Systems

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified Miami-Dade health officials that three tourists, all of whom stayed at the luxury EPIC Hotel, had contracted Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia. Investigators initially attributed the outbreak to low levels of chlorine in the hotel’s drinking water, which presumably allowed Legionella to contaminate the water supply; however, the chlorine levels