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Associated Press, Published September 28 2013

Minot officials checking into reports of bad water

MINOT, N.D. — City officials say they are testing water samples in a Minot neighborhood after reports of bacteria found in an analysis by a regional public health agency.

A water sample taken from a Minot homeowner tested positive for coliforms, the Minot Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1binkS4). City officials are investigating the findings.

"We were presented with the information and we are looking into the issue," Minot public works director Dan Jonasson said. "We do not know how the samples were taken, where they were taken from or what type of containers were used. These things all affect the results of a water sample."

Jonasson said the city's results should be available on Monday.

Minot resident Rebecca Rosales-Olmos said she had her water tested by First District Health Unit because her family has experienced flu-like symptoms and other health problems.

Rosales-Olmos bought a house that was damaged by the historic 2011 Souris River flood and moved in after making repairs. More than 4,000 homes and structures were inundated by high waters.

Rosales-Olmos said she noticed the water had an odd color but the city assured her it was safe.

"I am done being sick," she said. "This is not fair to people."

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