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State officials close Lake Mills rest area due to contaminated water

LAKE MILLS, WI (WTAQ) - Contaminated water has forced a state rest area to close indefinitely on Interstate 94 at Lake Mills.

A firm that operates the rest area for the state DOT said repairs began Monday on a public water system which serves the facilities.

Routine tests in mid-July showed that the water had fecal coliform bacteria. After another test, the DNR issued an order on July 21st barring people from drinking water at the Lake Mills rest area -- and a water boiling advisory was issued for others nearby.

Officials are not sure how or why the water got contaminated.

A DNR official said chlorine must be added and then flushed from the water system -- and then two negative samples must be taken before the water can be ruled safe to drink again.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)