CHAMPLAIN — Tests show coliform bacteria is present in the Village of Champlain water.Coliform is bacteria that is naturally present in the environment and used as an indicator that other, potentially harmful bacteria may be present. Coliform was found in more samples than allowed, violating state drinking-water standards, according to a news release from the village.Each month, two routine samples are collected to test for the presence of coliform bacteria. So far in April, two out of six samples showed the presence of total coliform bacteria, including one repeat sample collected on Monday.The state standard is that no more than one sample may be positive in any month.This is not a boil-water order. While coliform violations alone may not indicate a significant health risk from short-term exposure, consumers may want to take practical measures to reduce their exposure to microbes in drinking water.Consumers can boil the water at a rolling boil for at least one minute and let it cool before using it for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation.An alternative is to use bottled water certified for sale by the New York State Department of Health.Harmful microbes in drinking water can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms.They may pose a special health risk for infants, some elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems.Water mains will be flushed and follow-up samples will be collected. Residents will be informed when sampling shows that no coliform bacteria are present, likely within one week, village officials said.For more information, call the Village Office at 298-4152 or the Clinton County Health Department at 565-4870.
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