A boil advisory has been issued for the northern portion of the city of Murray in Clarke County following a water main break Wednesday. The advisory is for the portion of the city north of Fifth Street.
The break caused a loss in water pressure which can potentially allow bacteria to enter the system. Repairs to the system were made early Thursday morning and the system is being flushed. The boil advisory will remain in place until two sets of bacteria samples have been completed showing that the water is safe.
Due to the potential for bacterial contamination, it is being recommended that the water be boiled before using for drinking or cooking or that an alternative source such as bottled water be used until further notice.
Residents of Murray are advised to 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.
General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800) 426-4791.
For more information contact Kevin Baskins at 515-281-8395.