The city of Cedar Rapids is asking parts of the city to boil water for personal consumption.
Affected areas are within:
Schaeffer Dr. SW East to C St SW
19th Ave SW South to HWY 30
6th Street SW East to J St SW
29th Ave SW South to 36th Ave SW
The city says a rupture in a water main feeding Bowling Street Booster station and subsequent C Street Water Tower caused a loss of pressure in portions of SW Cedar Rapids. This created a potential for bacteria contamination.
Residents in the affected areas are advised to take the following steps:
Bring water to a boil
Let it rapidly boil for at least 1 minute
Allow it to cool completely before consuming
The city says repairs have already begun. Once the repairs are completed, pressure will be restored, crews will flush the area, chlorine levels will be monitored and two sets of bacteria samples will be collected for analysis.
The city expects to either lift or extend the boil order by 1 p.m. on May 10, after getting the final results of the bacteria samples.
Go to www.cedar-rapids.org for updates, or call the water department at 319-286-5910.