Region's wells top in E. coli bacteria Arkansas Democrat-Gazette BY ROBERT J. SMITH Posted on Sunday, April 5, 2009
Retiree Roland Trietsch moved back to Arkansas after years of drinking water in Riverside, Calif.
His move to rural Mena in Polk County raised a question about the quality of the water flowing into his 90-year-old house from a 45-foot-deep well dug in the 1970s.
Trietsch lived in the home for two years before deciding last August that he had to know what was in his water. The Arkansas Department of Health tested it that month.
"It came back positive with coliform and E. coli, and we've not changed our home consumption at all," said Trietsch, 60, who was a city engineer in Hemet, Calif. "We figure if we lived here for two years and didn't find out, it's not going to hurt us now. No one gets sick."
"You would expect to find E. coli-type organisms in places with sensitive hydrogeology and areas with animal farming," Davis said. "The northwest part of the state has karst geology and things like E. coli can travel long distances.