Precautionary boil advisory issued

Originally posted on October 12, 2016


The city of Fort Dodge Water Department is recommending boiling water before using it for drinking or to use an alternative source for 17th Street Southwest between 14th and 15th avenues SW.

No other areas of Fort Dodge are affected.

The Fort Dodge water supply had a problem in the distribution system and the system lost pressure on Monday. The integrity of the system may have been compromised. Therefore, it is being recommended that the water be boiled before using for drinking or cooking or that an alternative source be used.

As a precaution, it is recommended to boil water before drinking.

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. The water may be used for bathing and other similar purposes.

For more information, contact Brent Sandholm, Water Utility operations manager, 955-6139.

General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-4781.

The system has been repaired and repressurized, and the city will be collecting bacteria samples for testing. This advisory is a precaution until bacterial sample results are available. A public announcement will be made when the boil advisory is lifted.

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