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Ualapue water system source in East Molokai tested positive for E.Coli Bacteria

The Maui County Department of Water Supply detected E. coli bacteria in the Ualapue Shaft in East Molokai. The water in the Ualapue system is safe to drink as the water has been disinfected and no E. coli bacteria have been found in the distribution system.

E. coli was detected onJune 7, 2017, in a water sample collected the previous day from the Ualapue Shaft as E. coli testing takes 18hours to complete. The water at the Ualapue Shaft will be sampled again tomorrow, June 8, 2017, and updates will be provided as soon as they become available on Friday, June 9, 2017.

The Maui County Department of Water Supply is completing a comprehensive assessment of our water system and our monitoring and operational practices to identify and correct any causes of the contamination.

E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause 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. E. coli can also exist in tropical, subtropical, and temperate soils and may persist in soil for multiple years.

Residents are encouraged to 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. They can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

Please call the 24-hour hotline at 270-7633 if a water-related problem occurs or if there are any questions. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available by calling the EPA Safe Drinking WaterHotline at 1-800-426-4791.



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