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Updated: 9/10/2013 5:57 pm
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- Folks who live in Atlantic Beach have been give the all-clear water is again safe to drink.

A boil water advisory was issued earlier Tuesday after samples tested positive for E. coli.

"Well I'm not happy. We should have known earlier," said Charles Galloway. Galloway is pretty concerned. He just found out water from one of the city's supply wells has tested positive for E. coli -- meaning it may been contaminated with human or animal waste.

"We've had no signs, no symptoms, no idea," he said.

Action News has learned the samples were taken Sept. 3, a full week before the city notified the community.

"The lab got results on Sept. 4, but unfortunately there was a communications glitch and they did not notify us. We did not receive the notification until Monday," said Utility Director Donna Kaluzniak.

She said she's been fielding calls from angry homeowners all day.

"We have spoken with the general manager and expressed our discontent about the situation and so we are working with them on that issue," she told Action News.
But that's little relief for Galloway, who wonders what implications this might have for him and his wife.

"That's a concern all right. When I get to where I'm going, I'll go call my wife and tell her," he said.

The city is now reviewing protocol and making internal changes to prevent this from happening again.

We did reach out to area hospitals and veterinary clinics. There haven't been any cases of E. coli poisoning. The health department has no reported cases either.
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tpowers1 - 9/10/2013 9:26 AM
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You can bet the people who were privy to this information have been drinking bottled water, While the rest of us were giving our babies tainted water. Public outcry for our safety people!!!!

LisaSloan2011 - 9/10/2013 8:53 AM
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I would like to know why this happened on 9/3, First Coast News reported on it YESTERDAY, 9/9, Action News reports on it TODAY 9/10, and we in AB have yet to hear about it from the water company themselves??!! Severity of the issue or not, I feel that we had the right to know from the beginning. I think the commenter on First Coast News' article yesterday said it best.. Regardless, we should have been told the day it happened, the 3rd, if not the very next day. This is unbelievable! I am glad that SOMEONE told us about it, however I don't think it should have been a news station (or two) to be the one(s) to do it. Thank you, nonetheless.
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