Vinton Boil Order Lifted

By Christy Aumer, Reporter

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VINTON, Iowa - Vinton residents can now drink their tap water after officials lifted the boil ban Saturday morning.

After a test revealed E. coli bacteria found in the water at a house near the west edge of town Friday afternoon, officials conducted about a dozen new samples throughout Vinton that have all come back testing safe for consumption. Assistant plan operator at the Vinton Municipal Water Department Craig Walker believes the E. coli test was a "sampler error."

"Soon as you open that lid, a piece of dirt or anything that falls into that bottle can give you a bad sample," Walker said.

Officials do not know what specifically caused the sample to come back positive for E. coli, but will continue to investigate.

"People can rest assure we do have clean water and it's safe and always has been safe," Walker said. "When we get back to work on Tuesday, we’ll figure out why and take precautions so it doesn't happen again."

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