NORTH FORK — Madera County Enviromental Health Department is reporting that all water samples taken yesterday from North Fork’s Maintenance District (MD8) have come back negative for bacteria.
Residents who are part of MD8 have been on a Boil Water Order for several days, and businesses downtown that prepared fresh food have been closed since the presence of E. coli and total coliform were revealed during a routine test on Wednesday, Mar. 16.
Environmental Health got the results late in the day on Saturday, so are contacting local businesses by phone, and will notify all residents tomorrow morning.
On Friday, MD8 received results from the five repeat samples that were taken on Thursday. No E. coli was detected, but one test came back positive for total coliform at the well.
The process of adding chlorine and flushing the system was repeated, and the system has now been declared safe from contaminants.