DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Officials in a South Florida city are blaming a snake after E. coli bacteria was found in a water well, a spokeswoman said.
City residents do not need to boil their water, Carter told the newspaper.
Members of Delray Beach's utilities department discovered the bacteria in the water Aug. 7, but samples tested from Aug. 6 through Aug. 10 tested negative for E. coli, Carter told the Sun-Sentinel.
A contractor found the snake in the well before the water was treated by the city, Carter told the newspaper. The well was removed from circulation and disinfected, she said. The well will be retested before the city uses its water again, Carter told the Sun-Sentinel.
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