Wellman Residents Advised To Use Bottled Water After Water Main Break

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By Richard Pratt

WELLMAN, Iowa (AP) — Residents of a small town just south of Iowa City have been advised to drink bottled water until repairs can be made on a broken water line.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a line burst Thursday in Wellman.

The water is now bypassing the reverse osmosis system used to reduce nitrates. The department says repairs are being made and that the water has to be tested to make sure it's safe.

Officials say that nitrates in drinking water are particularly concerning for infants less than six months old. They also note that boiling the water won't reduce nitrates and isn't a safe alternative to bottled water.

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