City well at fairgrounds remains off-line as testing continues

A Columbus City Utilities well that was taken out of service after it tested positive for E. coli contamination remains off-line as cleaning and inspections continue.

Utilities director Keith Reeves said the city is doing purge testing on the well at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds. It is working with well cleaners and consultants to determine why the untreated water from the well tested positive for the fecal bacteria on June 15.

The well, which has not been in service since the positive test, will remain offline until the contamination cause is found, Reeves said. An official report will be made to state officials about the well and the test results, he said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.