DNR Issues Boil Advisory for Aplington Residents

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By Larry Burkum

APLINGTON, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has issued a boil advisory for the city of Aplinton in Butler County due to a water main break.

During repairs, crews shut down well pumps and the water tower which can drop water pressure creating the potential for bacteria to enter the system.

DNR officials advise residents to boil water before using it for drinking or cooking.

The boil advisory will remain in place until the results of two sets of bacteria samples are received. Because the city’s lab is not generally available on a weekend, the samples will probably be taken on Monday and Tuesday.

Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. The water may be used for bathing and other similar purposes.

General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800) 426-4791.

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