The city of Attica in Marion County issued a boil advisory Monday afternoon following a break in a water main.
Although Attica and the city of Pershing share a common water main, the break does not affect customers in nearby Pershing.
Customers within Attica are currently without water. Once pressure is restored, the DNR and the city advise residents to boil water in case bacteria entered the water.
Residents should boil their water for one minute, and then let it cool before using, until test results show the water is safe to drink. 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.
Once repairs are complete, the city will flush the water in the system and collect water samples to test for bacteria. After two sets of water samples test clean for bacteria, the city will lift the boil advisory.
Call the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791 for more information.
For more information about the boil advisory in Attica, contact Ted Petersen at 515-725-0274.