FAYETTE - The Volga River Recreation Area requests that all visitors boil water starting Friday until tests show that water is free from bacterial contamination.
The state park found E. coli bacteria during routine testing of the wellhouse water on May 6. Standard procedure requires four follow-up samples to be tested to confirm bacterial contamination, but because results of the follow-up samples will not be available until late Saturday or early Sunday, the DNR has recommended a precautionary boil advisory in the meantime.
DNR staff advises visitors to boil all water used for drinking or cooking until water tests show the water is safe to drink. They may also use bottled water.
Visitors should let water boil for one minute and cool before using. They should use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Untreated water can be used for bathing and similar purposes.
The DNR will report when the advisory is lifted.
For more information, please contact Volga River Recreation Area at (563) 425-4161. Or, call the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-4791 for general guidelines on ways to reduce risks of infection.