Precautionary boil order issued for portions of northwest Cedar Rapids
Homes and apartments with water service from the O Ave water main between these boundaries will not have service for the duration of required repairs.
The release goes on to explain that “even when water service is restored very quickly, as it will be to most residences within this area, the DNR requires that a boil order be issued for residents who lose pressure.
These microbes and other contaminants can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms and may pose a special health risk for infants, some elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.
If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you should seek medical advice.
Officials said they hope to restore water service to these properties within six to eight hours.
Once the water is flowing allow the faucet to run for a minute or two.
The first water may be cloudy due to air in the water or particles that dislodge as the pipes fill with water.
Once water is restored, water samples will be taken and tested to ensure the safety of your water.
A secondary notice will be issued when this localized boil order is lifted.
According to the release, it is likely that residents within this defined area will need to boil water for the next 24 hours until the problem is fixed.