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San Jose’s main water utility failed to report E. coli sample

San Jose Water failed to report and conduct a formal investigation into an E. coli sample discovered at one of its wells, according to San Jose City Councilmember Rosemary Kamei.

In an emailed communication sent out Tuesday afternoon, Kamei said the bacteria was detected on May 5 from a routine sample at one of the water utility company’s groundwater sites. The well was immediately taken offline while a follow-up sample was drawn and the water was not delivered to any resident’s homes, Kamei said.

The councilmember said the state requires that water providers notify officials within 24 hours of any positive E. coli samples — and conduct a formal investigation within 30 days.

“Regrettably, this requirement was not met in this case,” the councilmember wrote in her communication. The city, she said, was notified about the utility company’s reporting and investigative failures on July 17. A notice will be sent to about 17,000 customers who reside in Districts 1 and 6, she said.

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