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St. Ansgar residents advised to boil water

ST. ANSGAR - A boil advisory has been issued for the city of St. Ansgar in Mitchell County following pressure loss to the town’s water tower.

A communication failure between the town’s well and tower caused the tower to drain and created low water pressure throughout the distribution system. Officials discovered the issue Saturday around 11:30 p.m. and turned on the pump to manually restore water to the tower.

As a precaution, residents should boil water used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth or preparing food. Boiling kills any bacteria and other organisms that may be in the water. The boil advisory will be lifted once two separate water samples taken 24 hours apart indicate the water is safe to drink.

Residents should bring water to a boil for one minute and let cool, or use bottled water. For more information on guidelines to reduce risk of infection, call the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791.

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