Township treating Quinnesec water system with chlorine as a precaution

QUINNESEC — Routine monitoring has detected the presence of coliform bacteria in the Quinnesec water system, Breitung Township officials said.

Under the direction of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, as a precautionary measure, the township is adding a small amount of chlorine to the Quinnesec water system.

Chlorination will continue over the next couple of weeks.

Coliform bacteria are generally not harmful by themselves. Coliforms are bacteria which are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially harmful bacteria may be present.

“Whenever we detect coliform bacteria in any sample, we do follow-up testing to see if other bacteria of greater concern, such as E.coli, are present,” said Jay Davis, township superintendent of public works. “No E.coli has been detected in the distribution system, and there is not a need for a boil advisory. If E.coli is detected in the distribution system during subsequent sampling, we will notify you immediately.”

Questions or concerns can be directed to Jay Davis at 906-779-2064 or jdavis@breitungtwp.org.


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