The city of Adel has issued a boil advisory for its water system. One of its water towers was out of operation due to being serviced when the city of Adel lost electrical service this morning creating a pressure loss in the distribution system.
Pressure has been restored, but the boil advisory will remain in place until two sets of water samples are tested clean for bacteria.
Due to the potential for bacterial contamination, the city and DNR recommend boiling water for drinking and cooking, or using bottled water or another alternative source until the advisory is lifted.
All residents of Adel should bring water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using. Use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth and food preparation. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms which could be in the water. The water may be used for bathing and similar purposes.
General guidelines on reducing the risk of infection are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800) 426-4791.
For more information, contact Dave Perry, 515-725-0419, David.Perry@dnr.iowa.gov.