The city of Attica in Marion County has issued a boil advisory following a break in a water main Thursday morning.
When a break occurs and pressure drops in the distribution system, contaminants can potentially enter the water supply.
Although the cities of Attica and Pershing share a water main, water pressure in Pershing did not drop so the city was not affected.
Residents of Attica should boil their drinking water for one minute or more, and then allow it to cool. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms that are potentially in the water. Tap water can be used for bathing and similar purposes.
Additional information can be found by calling the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791.
The city will take water samples for bacterial testing. The city or DNR will notify customers when they can use the water again.
For more information contact
Ted Petersen at 515-725-0274 or Ted.Petersen@dnr.iowa.gov