DEP issues recall for locally bottled water with E. Coli bacteria
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued a recall this weekend for thousands of large bottles of water produced by a Plum-based company.
Routine testing by the Allegheny County Health Department found total coliform and E. coli bacteria in three-, four- and five-gallon bottles of Tyler Mountain Water, which is bottled and delivered by Plum-based Aqua Filter Fresh, said DEP spokesman John Poister.
The water, which is usually delivered and used in free-standing water coolers, was bottled April 17 and 18, when the company's ultraviolet disinfecting system was malfunctioning, Poister said.
“It's either sitting in a closet somewhere, waiting to be put on a machine, or already on a machine,” Poister said.
About half of the 9,400 affected water bottles were still in Aqua Filter Fresh's stockpiles at the plant when officials discovered the contamination, but the rest had been delivered to customers, said David Mashek of Meinert/Mashek Communications, speaking for Aqua Filter Fresh.
Aqua Filter Fresh determined the water subjected to the recall had been delivered to about 95 customers served by the company's distribution facility in Fairmont, W.Va. Mashek did not know thelocation of those customers, but said the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services has been notified.
“We have contacted the appropriate state agency regarding those deliveries, as well as the customers involved to ensure the water is retrieved and replaced with a new supply,” he said.
It was unknown how the E. coli bacteria got into Aqua Filter Fresh's water supply, Poister said. Aqua Filter Fresh declined to discuss where it gets its water, Mashek said.
The company disputed that the UV system was malfunctioning at the time of the contamination but did not offer an explanation as to how it occurred, he said.
Total coliforms include bacteria found in the soil, in water that has been influenced by surface water and in human or animal waste that generally are not harmful to humans. An exception is E. coli, which indicates contamination by human or animal waste.
E. coli can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms, and can be a higher health risk for infants, young children, the elderly or people with weakened immune systems.
“Protection of the public health is our top concern,” read a statement from Tyler Mountain. “We are continuing to remain in contact with these affected customers to pick up and replace those questionable deliveries promptly.”
Allegheny County Health Department spokesman Guillermo Cole said that the department routinely tests the water, and no one had reported being sick.
Matthew Santoni is a staff writerfor Trib Total Media. He can bereached at 412-380-5625 or email@example.com.
Add Matthew Santoni to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Christmas in Western Pa. predicted to be ‘slightly white’
- Pittsburgh police break up customer fights over Air Jordan 11 shoes
- Children treated to gifts, peaceful holiday party at Lincoln-Lemington church
- Newsmaker: Patrick Juola
- Tree recycling offered at Allegheny County parks
- Butler legislator gives weekly GOP address
- Brashear High ‘little libraries’ program rolls out
- Pittsburgh adjusting to new bicycle lane, ‘stop boxes’
- Environmental teachers glean new ideas from networking
- Newsmaker: Cindy Marzock
- Icy roads, cold causing school delays, wrecks in Western Pa.