Drinking water advisory

originally posted on December 6, 2016


Wapello Rural Water Association is recommending to boil the water before using for drinking or to use an alternative source.

A water main break occurred on 190th Stree in Keota, Iowa resulting in a water boil advisory being issued for the cities of Harper, South English, Kinross, rural Keota and surrounding areas that experienced a water outage on the morning of December 16th, 2016.

Wapello Rural Water had a problem in the distribution system and the system lost pressure at approximately 11:20 am on December 6th. Due to the potential for bacterial contamination, it is being recommended that the water be boiled before using for drinking or cooking or that an alternative source be used.

IT IS RECOMMENDED NOT TO DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. 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.

For more information, please contact 641-682-8351. For general guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes, call 1-800-426-4791.

The system is working with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to resolve this situation.

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