Possible Water Contamination from Schuylkill County Spring Water Company

The Pennsylvania departments of Agriculture, Environmental Protection (DEP), and Health are advising consumers that spring water bottled by Niagara between June 10 and June 18 at its facilities in Hamburg, Berks County or Upper Macungie, Lehigh County should not be consumed due to the possibility of contamination.

Niagara purchased spring water from Far Away Springs-Auburn in Schuylkill County. Multiple water quality sample results from Far Away Springs that were provided to DEP as part of routine testing indicated the presence of E. coli in the water. Niagara received the contaminated water and did not treat the water at a DEP-permitted treatment facility. So, DEP cannot provide assurance to the public as to the quality of the water bottled by Niagara between June 10 and June 18.

People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk if contaminated water is consumed. People with specific health concerns should consult their physician if they have questions.

Presence of E. coli bacteria indicate that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. Residents who persistently experience any of these symptoms may want to seek medical advice.

For more information, contact Niagara at 877-487-7873.

SOURCE:  PA Department of Environmental Protection
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