The city of Le Grand in Marshall County issued a boil advisory Tuesday after a break in a water line occurred causing a loss in water pressure.
Breaks in a water line can allow bacteria and other substances to enter the water. As a precaution, the city of Le Grand 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, and then 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 is working to repair the water line. When repairs are complete, the city will 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.
The break is unrelated to recent rainfalls and current flooding.
For more information, contact Janet Gastineau at 515-725-0268 or Janet.Gastineau@dnr.iowa.gov