Water Main Break Leaves Onslow Residents with Boil Order

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By Ellen Kurt

ONSLOW, Iowa - Onslow city officials said Monday afternoon that water service had been restored to its nearly 200 residents, after a morning water main break on the town's main street.

The break happened just before 7:30 a.m. Monday, interrupting water service for a brief period. That caused challenges for residents and business owners like Lana Oberbreckling, who runs Aunt Bea's Onslow Cafe.

"I should be Florida," Oberbreckling joked. "We're just doing hamburgers today, and tenderloins."

She brought in water from her home about a mile outside of town to give to hungry customers.

Mayor Dean Holerud said events like this highlight the constant need to replace aging infrastructure, a problem common in many small Iowa towns. Onslow is currently working to update its sewer lines.

"The DNR insisted that we do the sewer first, and then the water mains," said Holerud. "People just have to make due, and they do. They figure out what to do. And if there's really serious cases, yeah, we'll probably have to get water for them, somehow."

Holerud said the city custodian will be checking the city's water quality over the next couple of days. In the meantime, residents should boil their water before drinking or using it for cooking.

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