E.Coli scare near Horizon City was a false alarm, according to officials

E.Coli scare near Horizon City was a false alarm, according to officials
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POSTED: Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 10:29pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 10:33pm

An E.Coli scare had some residents near Horizon City worried but on Thursday, officials assured the public that the water is safe afterall.

On Wednesday, E.Coli contamination was found in a water sample taken in the El Paso Hills subdivision, located south-west of Horizon City.

The neighborhood is not part of Horizon City, but El Paso Hills' water is managed by Horizon.

El Paso Hills is home to some 2500 residents.

Residents received a letter on their doors on Wednesday alerting them of the possible contamination.

After further tests, Carlos McGinnis, with the Horizon Regional Municipal Utility District, announced on Thursday that the sample was accidentally mishandled and contaminated by an employee, and that the water itself is safe.

NewsChannel 9 spoke with one family who said they went out to buy bottled water as soon as they got the letter.

But, they said they had been drinking tap water beforehand and haven't felt sick.

"Well yes we feel relieved because right now we were about to head out and buy more water but we don't need to anymore," said Araceli Avalos.

City officials test the water on a monthly basis.

So far, there have been no reports of any illnesses and officials say the water is once again safe to drink.

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