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Boil Advisories Issued for Fontanelle and Part of Walford
Posted: 10/15/2012
DES MOINES – Boil advisories have been issued for a part of Walford and for the city of Fontanelle this morning.

Water samples taken during routine testing in the Clover Ridge Subdivision in Walford tested positive for E. coli bacteria. Three out of four subsequent samples taken Oct. 11 also tested positive for total bacteria, but did not contain E. coli. The subdivision plans to shock chlorinate the wells and then retest the water.

In Adair County, a break in the large water main in Fontanelle has left the city completely without water. The city is working to repair the break and restore service. However, breaks in the pipes can allow contaminants to enter the water system.

The DNR is cautioning residents of Clover Ridge Subdivision in Walford and the entire city of Fontanelle to boil their drinking water until test results show the water is safe to drink.

Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute. Let it cool before using. Boiled or bottled water should be used 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. Residents of the Clover Ridge Subdivision can also call 319-845-3067 and residents of the city of Fontanelle can call 641-745-3961.

The DNR is working with the water supplies to ensure drinking water is safe. After water samples collected 24 hours apart have tested clean for bacteria, the water supplies will lift the advisory. The DNR will notify residents when water is safe to drink.