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Lab results: E. coli bacteria not responsible for discolored Park City water

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

Laboratory tests early in the week did not find the E. coli bacteria in the discolored water that ran from faucets along a stretch of the S.R. 224 entryway, City Hall said on Wednesday morning.

Phyllis Robinson, a spokeswoman for the municipal government, said the presence of E. coli would have been an indication other types of bacteria might be in the water as well. The determination that E. coli is not in the water is "very, very, very important," she said.

"We needed to rule out bacterial," Robinson said.

She said City Hall later on Wednesday expects to receive results from additional tests on the water. Those tests will determine whether metals are responsible for discoloring the water.

Robinson said officials had not received more complaints about discolored water and said the number of people picking up jugs of water had leveled off by Wednesday morning. The water jugs are still available at the fire station on Holiday Ranch Loop Road.

Meanwhile, the owner of an underground spring in Parleys Canyon has offered spring water to City Hall if it is needed. Ira Sachs, a Sun Peak resident and the owner of Pharoah’s Glen Land Company, said he will provide as much water as needed.

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Sachs said approximately 50,000 gallons of water flow through an underground spring each day at the site. The water dates to 1,100 years ago and is not contaminated, Sachs said, noting that the water is high in calcium and magnesium.

Robinson said the offer from Sachs is "very generous" and City Hall could consider bringing in the water if the discoloration in the municipal system persists.

"At this point we have plenty of water on hand," she said.

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