E. coli found at Erin Hills hydration station

Posted at 9:19 PM, Jun 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-16 01:21:29-04

The Washington Ozaukee Health Department reported finding E. coli bacteria in one of the hydration stations at Erin Hills, which is hosting the 2017 U.S. Open.

According to a news release from the health department, the sample was collected from a station near hole 12, and some visitors may have consumed the water from the station between Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

The event organizers provided complimentary bottled water at the station in question after preliminary results suggested there could be a contamination. They will pass out water bottles at all stations for the duration of the championship.

E. coli and coliform bacteria are found in soil and can enter the water supply through leaks in underground pipes. People who consume the bacteria may experience gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea, vomiting, fever, nausea and abdominal cramps.

Those with questions can call 262-335-4462.

The USGA issued the following statement Thursday night: 

The Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department notified the USGA that it identified evidence of E. coli bacteria from a sample from one hydration station near the 12th hole at Erin Hills golf course, site of the U.S. Open Championship. The water line to the hydration station was disconnected immediately, and bottled water was provided to guests while we waited for the preliminary results to be confirmed by the Public Health Department.

The safety and security of our guests is of paramount importance to the USGA. Out of an abundance of caution, we will offer all guests complimentary bottled water at all four hydration stations throughout the duration of the championship.