Carmel well closes after water tests positive for E. coli

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CARMEL, Ind.—An additional test is expected to be conducted on a well in Carmel, Ind. after its water tested for e. Coli and coliform last week.

The well, which is located at Flowing Well Park at 116th Street and Gray Road, was closed last week after a Sept. 3 test confirmed the presence of the bacteria.

The Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation Department said the well is checked monthly and that bacteria can infiltrate the water when flood water contaminates the spigots that dispense the well water.

Department officials said two test results need to come back negative in order for the well to reopen. A test was performed Tuesday and its results are expected later in the afternoon.

Symptoms of E. coli and coliform infections can surface usually three to four days after exposure. Common symptoms include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. Doctors say some infections are mile, but others can be severe or even life-threatening.

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