Officials find E. coli at Thurmond Lake

Officials found E. coli in the drinking water at Thurmond Lake's West Dam Recrea­tion area, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Billy Birdwell, a spokesman for the c orps' Savannah District, said the contamination was discovered in a routine check before Memorial Day at the one-day use area a mile from the Visitors Center in Columbia County.

Drinking water was immediately shut off, and signs were posted warning visitors. The corps notified the Geor­gia Department of Natural Resour­ces of the contamination.


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"We're working with the state to determine the cause and what actions we can take to eliminate it," said Birdwell, who also said that no other areas had been affected.

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