Water at popular Gatlinburg outdoor attraction tests positive for E. coli

(Photo: CLIMB Works)

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WTHR) — Results of testing by the Tennessee Department of Health indicate water at a popular outdoor attraction in Gatlinburg is contaminated with E. coli.

The Tennessee Department of Health has gotten more than 500 reports of gastrointestinal illness after visits to the CLIMB Works outdoor activity facility. Reports go back to the middle of June.

Visitors from multiple states have reported diarrhea and vomiting after their visits. Gatlinburg is a popular tourist city for Midwesterners.

The Department of Health plans to do more testing, but initial results on the well water in the tour point to E. coli contamination. The facility is cooperating in the process.

For the time being, the facility has switched to bottled water for visitors, and put up signs saying the well water is unsafe to drink.

If you have visited CLIMB Works between June 15 and July 6, and are showing symptoms of stomach illness, officials suggest seeing a doctor.

There have been reviews on the facility's Facebook page about the sicknesses.

CLIMB Works has plans to install a purification system to prevent future issues.

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