PASCOAG, R.I. (AP) — Authorities are working to determine whether Pascoag's water supply is contaminated after monthly testing showed two of eight samples were possibly tainted with E. coli bacteria.
Pascoag Utility District General Manager Mike Kirkwood said Saturday that samples that came back with indications of E. coli were collected in the Rock Avenue area, where the nonprofit utility has a water storage tank. A second set of samples was sent to the lab Friday afternoon. Results were expected later Saturday.
The utility told its 1,100 water customers Saturday morning that it is awaiting a second set of test results to confirm whether there is an E. coli contamination in the water supply. The state Department of Health has also been notified.
Kirkwood says if the second tests come back positive, residents will be notified immediately.