The Ottumwa Courier

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March 2, 2011

Hedrick under boil order after water main break

HEDRICK — The city of Hedrick is requesting that all residents boil water starting Wednesday afternoon until tests show that water is free from bacterial contamination.

The city shut down pressure in the water distribution system to repair a broken water main. When pressure is low, there is a chance that bacteria could enter the system.

City staff expects repairs to be complete in a few hours, but advise residents to boil all water used for drinking or cooking until water tests show the water is safe to drink. They may also use bottled water.

Residents should let water boil for one minute and cool before using. They should use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Untreated water can be used for bathing and similar purposes.

The DNR or city will notify residents when the advisory is lifted.

For more information, contact the city at 641-653-4921 or 641-653-4914.

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