The Aplington Water Supply in Butler County recommends residents use an alternative source for drinking water or to boil tap water before drinking after the town lost pressure due to a leak in a water main Thursday. Only bottled water should be given to infants below six months of age or drank by pregnant women.
Residents should use bottled or boiled water for drinking, tooth washing, food preparation and similar uses. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Tap water may be used for bathing and other similar purposes.
Boiling tap water could increase nitrite levels in water to unsafe levels for infants under six months of age and pregnant women. Nitrite is a concern for infants because they can’t process nitrites in the same way adults can. Infants under six months of age could become seriously ill and, if untreated, may die. Symptoms include shortness of breath and blueness of the skin. If symptoms occur, seek medical attention immediately.
Loss of pressure can allow bacteria and other substances to enter the water supply. It usually takes several days after pressure is restored to receive test results to ensure the water is safe to drink.
Limit Water Usage
Although tap water can be used for bathing and other uses, city officials ask residents to limit their water usage, delaying use of washing machines, dish washers and other uses until the leak is repaired.
For more information, call the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s water hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
The city will notify residents when they can resume normal use of water.
For more information contact Scott Wilson at 641-424-4073 or Scott.Wilson@dnr.iowa.gov.