The natural-spring fed Flowing Well, located on 116th Street east of Gray Road, has been closed for the past few days after routine, monthly testing by City of Carmel Utilities. The most recent test samples showed the presence of total Coliform, but the water samples did not indicate the presence of E. coli bacteria.
Since identifying the potentially harmful bacteria in the water, the Carmel-Clay Parks Department has tested and monitored the water regularly, checking to ensure the seals and existing plumbing were not the source of the issue. A sample submitted for testing Sept. 9 continues to show positive traces of total Coliform, meaning the well will remain closed in the near future.
The parks department said it is working with Carmel Utilities and water experts who are well-versed in finding both the sources and solutions for contamination issues.
The parks department advises people who recently obtained any water from the well to dispose of it immediately and not to drink it.
Officials also are asking the public’s cooperation by not removing or jumping over the temporary fencing installed to prevent people from collecting water at the well.