City of Charlotte Issues Boil Advisory
The city of Charlotte in Clinton County issued a boil advisory Friday after a contractor installing a new city well turned off water to the town to make a connection causing the system to become depressurized. When the water was turned back on a water main break was discovered along Highway 136.
The system is operating under pressure now and a live repair of the main is expected to be completed yet Friday evening.
Loss in water pressure can allow bacteria and other substances to enter the water. As a precaution, the city of Charlotte and the DNR advise residents to boil their water until test results show water is safe to drink.
Bring all water to a boil. Let it boil for one minute, and then let it cool before using. Use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation. Untreated water can be used for bathing and similar purposes.
Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Bacteria in the water may pose greater health risks for infants, young children, some of the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.
Call the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791 for more information.
When the repair is complete, the city will collect water samples to test for bacteria. After water samples test clean for bacteria, the city will lift the boil advisory.
For more information, contact Duane Levine, Charlotte water system operator, 563-579-5626.