Drinking water in Doney Park has tested positive for E. coli bacteria. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality confirmed the contamination in the Doney Park Water Company supply on Sunday morning.
Residents on Doney Park water should avoid drinking tap water unless it has been boiled or should use bottled water. When boiling water, bring it to a boil for at least three minutes and let it cool before using. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until further notice.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, E. coli can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness, bloodstream infections and other illnesses. The types of E. coli that can cause illness can be transmitted through contaminated water or food, or through contact with animals or people.
If people have diarrhea that lasts for more than three days, or is accompanied by a high fever, blood in the stool or so much vomiting that they cannot keep liquids down and pass very little urine, they are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider.
Doney Park Water Company has begun flushing its water system to remove the bacteria and will inform residents when it has done so and has lifted the water boil advisory.
The Coconino County Public Health Services District is working with Doney Park Water to help inform residents of any further risk to the water system. If you have further questions, please contact Doney Park Water System at 928.526.1080.
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