Bacteria, E. coli found in some flooded water wells in South Bend

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The Jewel Woods neighborhood was among the neighborhoods that were flooded in August. While the floodwaters have long receded, the problems are hanging around.

The St. Joseph County Health Department discovered 21 water wells that tested positive for coliform bacteria and seven with E. coli, according to WSBT.

Homeowners in the neighborhood have been informed of the results. In the process, residents whose wells turned up positive are being notified to not consume their water without boiling it first. Also, drinking bottled water is encouraged.

The St. Joseph County Emergency Management Agency is accepting bids for the costs for chlorinating the water. Chlorination of the affected wells should start next week, the health department told WSBT.


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