Fort Riley Water Sample Tests Positive for E. Coli

FORT RILEY, Kan. – During routine testing of the Fort Riley water distribution system, a sample taken from Building 251, the Main Post Dining Facility, tested positive for E. Coli bacteria. Fort Riley Public Works received notification of the positive result from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Sept. 9.

An investigation determined there was a filter under a sink that may have harbored the bacteria. Follow up tests were negative, after the suspect filter was removed.

Building 251 was temporarily closed Sept 11. The closure was based on Fort Riley safety concerns and not regulatory guidance requirements.

Regulatory representative testing of Fort Riley’s water distribution system will continue. No indications of any bacterial contamination other than the isolated sink area in Building 251 exist.

Although Building 251 can reopen today, it will remain closed to allow for the scheduled installation of kitchen equipment. It will reopen Sept. 22.

The Fort Riley water distribution system is tested by Preventive Medicine, KDHE and the Fort Riley Public Works on a routine and representative basis and will continue.