E. coli found at Erin Hills hydration station, public health says

HARTFORD, Wis. - E. coli bacteria was found at a hydration station at the Erin Hills golf course, where the U. S. Open is being held this week, according to a new release. 

The Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department said in a news release Thursday night that it identified E. coli in a drinking water sample collected from one of the drinking stations connected to a well near hole number 12 at the Erin Hills golf course. 

In a statement, the U.S. Golf Association said that it disconnected the water line as soon as it was notified of the E. coli results. Bottled water was provided to guests. The USGA said it will offer all guests complimentary bottled water at the four hydration stations throughout the duration of the championship "out of an abundance of caution."

The USGA ordered more than 430 jug bottles of water for Friday morning and will continue to ensure fans have access to free water this weekend, according to a release from USGA.

"We are providing complimentary jug water for filling and refilling personal, individual water bottles through the weekend. Filled individual bottles will not be permitted, as a security precaution."

Fans can bring empty transparent bottles to fill at hydration stations.

WOPHD said that E. coli and coliform bacteria can be found in the soil and can enter a water supply through breaks and cracks in underground pipes. People who consume water with E. coli may become ill; symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, fever, nausea and abdominal cramps.

According to the news release, people who may have consumed contaminated water and experience any symptoms of gastrointestinal illness are urged to visit their health care provider. Anyone with questions can call 262-335-4462.

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