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Horticulture Recommendations for Lincoln Boil Order

A boil water order is currently in effect in the city of Lincoln, after a water sample from a house tested positive for E.coli bacteria.

While residents are advised to boil any water they are going to consume or use in food preparation, water may still be used on lawns. NDSU Extension is advising that this water not be used in gardens or on any item that will be consumed. 

Coliform bacteria include a large group of many types of bacteria that occur throughout the environment. They are common in soil and surface water and may even occur on your skin. Large numbers of certain kinds of coliform bacteria can also be found in waste from humans and animals. Most types of coliform bacteria are harmless to humans, but some can cause mild illnesses and a few can lead to serious waterborne diseases.

For more information contact the Burleigh County Extension office at 701-221-6865 or Bismarck Burleigh Public Health at (701) 355-1540.

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