Pershing Utility issued a boil advisory today for the city of Attica after a break in a water main left the city without water.
The city draws its water from the Pershing Utility, but the advisory affects Attica only.
Breaks in a water line can allow bacteria and other substances to enter the water. As a precaution, the city of Attica and the DNR advise residents to boil their water until test results show water is safe to drink.
Bring all water to a boil; let it boil for one minute. Let it cool before using. 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.
Call the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791 for more information.
The city will repair the water line, flush the water in the system and then collect water samples to test for bacteria. After water samples test clean for bacteria, the city will lift the boil advisory.
For more information contact Janet Gastineau at 515-725-0334 or Janet.Gastineau@iowa.dnr.gov