E. Coli Found in U.S. Open Drinking Water at Erin Hills

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A general view of the clubhouse during a practice round prior to the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills on June 13. (Getty)

Traces of E. coli bacteria were found in the drinking water at a hydration station at the U.S. Open on Thursday.

According to a press release issued by The Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department, the bacteria was found near hole No. 12 at the golf tournament at Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, Wisconsin.

The station was shut off in the morning, but there is fear that some visitors to the tournament drank the contaminated water between Tuesday afternoon until Thursday morning.

The news release said that there is no evidence that any other hydration stations at the course were at risk.

Complimentary water bottles will be given out to those in attendance at the U.S. Open starting Friday and lasting through the rest of the tournament, the USGA said in a statement.

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.


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