Iowa town under boil advisory after water main break

originally posted on June 6, 2016


Bacteria may have entered the water supply in the southwestern Iowa town of New Market in Taylor County, after workers boring for fiber optics lines hit a water main at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, and water pressure was lost.

A loss of pressure can allow bacteria into the system, and until bacteria samples can be collected to ensure the safety of New Market’s water, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has placed a boil advisory on the town.

Residents are advised to bring all water to a boil for at least a minute before cooling it for use, or to use bottled water, for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, food preparation, or hygiene.

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