- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Springfield officials say the contaminant that was pumped out of a spring in September may have been spilled milk.

The Springfield News-Leader reports (https://sgfnow.co/1BXYj6r ) Dairy Farmers of America told city leaders it discharged 5,000 gallons of cream, condensed skim milk and sugar into the city’s sewer system the day before the contamination was discovered. It said the discharge was caused by a faulty valve.

The city pumped thousands of gallons of white contaminated water from the Fulbright spring.

A city official says employees tried to use dye to trace the source of the contamination but aren’t certain it came from the dairy building. He says water tests found levels of E. coli bacteria nearly eight times higher than the state standard for what’s safe enough to swim in.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, https://www.news-leader.com

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