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Homeowner complaint prompts water test

September 28, 2013

The City of Minot was taking water samples in a northwest Minot neighborhood Friday after a report of bacteria in a private sample tested by First District Health Unit earlier this week....

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candis

Sep-28-13 10:12 AM

The City is WELL aware of other homeowners with this issue. They took my meter offline 5 months ago because we were having continual problems with discolored water, eventually telling me they will need to replace our water main.

As a result, we run a tub every day for at least 6 hours a day just to have clear water. It is staining our fixtures and we're concerned about what it's doing to our water heater/appliances. I brought samples in twice to be tested at the water treatment plant; both times was told it's safe to drink...

This is NOT an isolated issue in the flood zone (we have at least on other neighbor with the same problem), and it's time for the City to DO something about it.

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jcalavera

Sep-28-13 12:58 PM

When water is tested for safety, it is tested for the presence of coliform bacteria. If coliform bacteria are present, the water may not be safe to drink as it may be contaminated (and if fecal coliforms are present, it may be contaminated by fecal material). If coliform bacteria are not present, the water is most likely free from fecal contamination. That does not mean that it does not have some other type of chemical contamination in it. Water that is reddish or yellowish or that smells like eggs or gas may still be safe to drink even though it is aesthetically objectionable.

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Annie88

Sep-28-13 1:17 PM

The water in Minot is so hard it corrodes the faucets if you don't wipe them off after each use. Not good water at all.

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crzcatladee

Sep-28-13 1:20 PM

The city is WELL aware of other problems. We have to call weekly to have them flush the lines even though it rarely helps. Then they say it's still safe. Sure, come on over then and drink a tall glass right in front of me. The water is disgusting!! It is staining our tubs, toilets, dishwasher. I can only imagine what it is doing to the pipes and water heater. My toilets constantly look like I haven't cleaned them, even if I scrubbed them an hour before. And the toilet tanks?? Destroyed. Completely rotting. Keep in mind that these toilets are less than 11 months old.

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Bulldogs

Sep-28-13 1:57 PM

@jcalavera.... The water was tested and found to have coliform! It is UNSAFE per First District Health, the water does not smell like eggs nor gas but more as a port-a-potty, or old standing rotting water!

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Bulldogs

Sep-28-13 2:26 PM

*******en.wikipedia****/wiki/Coliform_bacteria

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LuvMinot

Sep-28-13 4:52 PM

We live on W. Central & our water is terrible. The water is brown & clogs the filter on our fridge every two months. Very gross! We had the city come out & flush the water line but it really didn't help much at all.

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filmbeloh20

Sep-28-13 6:57 PM

The water was tested again last evening using proper protocols. Six samples were taken from the area and First District notified the city late this afternoon that all of them passed.

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concerned

Sep-28-13 8:07 PM

The water stinks in NW Minot near Longfellow almost everyday and sometimes it means a backup and sometimes it just stinks. In addition, the water department ignored calls from people in NW Minot in December 2012 when the sewer backed up into their basements after rebuilding. In addition, the sewer lift failed in Spring 2013 in SW Minot and nobody was notified backing up some of these people's basements never affected. Now how fair is this?

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jcalavera

Sep-29-13 11:30 AM

Bulldogs: The water was tested by an unknown person using unknown protocols. If you touch inside the neck or cap of the sample bottle, there is a good chance the test may fail. When people are careless when taking bacterial samples, they often fail. I think that it is a far better indicator of the lack of coliform bacteria being present in the actual water that the samples taken by persons who actually know how to take a bacterial sample without contaminating it all passed.

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disgusted

Sep-29-13 1:27 PM

I hate to even write this, but we have lived in the flood valley over 35 years and have no problem with the water. Sewer smell by Longfellow comes from the storm drains, but our water has never caused a problem.

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crzcatladee

Sep-29-13 8:15 PM

We've only had a problem the last few months. The water looks like urine some days, other days it just looks dirty. We've been calling every week for months. You can say it tested fine all you want, but it is staining everything it touches....it completely ruined a load of whites I did a couple months ago. And - my cats won't go near it.

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Bulldogs

Sep-29-13 9:22 PM

@jcalavera, it's funny you seem to think the test wasn't done in a professional manner or by a professional! The city needs to stop covering this problem up! Coliform was in fact found in the sample!

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molson

Sep-30-13 9:22 AM

"City officials said they are unaware of any homeowners with water concerns other than Rosales-Olmos." Interesting. I called at least once a week 2years ago, then about once a month for the last 2 years. Had them come to my house to see and "fix". Our new bathtub & appliances are destroyed. If you don't pay the bill, you don't get water. There is not much you can do. It is disgusting to have my babies in the bath. I can't even take bath time pics because it looks so gross. Not to mention the laundry that is wrecked too. It's a wonder that this has not been in the paper until now.

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molson

Sep-30-13 9:22 AM

"City officials said they are unaware of any homeowners with water concerns other than Rosales-Olmos." Interesting. I called at least once a week 2years ago, then about once a month for the last 2 years. Had them come to my house to see and "fix". Our new bathtub & appliances are destroyed. If you don't pay the bill, you don't get water. There is not much you can do. It is disgusting to have my babies in the bath. I can't even take bath time pics because it looks so gross. Not to mention the laundry that is wrecked too. It's a wonder that this has not been in the paper until now.

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