HEDRICK - The city of Hedrick requests that all residents boil water starting Wednesday afternoon until tests show that water is free from bacterial contamination.
This Keokuk County city shut down pressure in the water distribution system to repair a broken water main. When pressure is low, there is a chance that bacteria could enter the system.
City staff expects repairs to be complete in a few hours, but advise residents to boil all water used for drinking or cooking until water tests show the water is safe to drink. They may also use bottled water.
Residents should let water boil for one minute and cool before using. They should use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Untreated water can be used for bathing and similar purposes.
The DNR or city will notify residents when the advisory is lifted.
For more information, please contact the city of Hedrick at (641) 653-4921 or (641) 653-4914. Or, call the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-4791 for general guidelines on ways to reduce risks of infection.