The DNR and Southern Iowa Rural Water issued a boil advisory for the city of Prescott in Adams County at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
The city lost water pressure after a contractor hit a water main about 10:20 a.m. Southern Iowa Rural Water expects to repair the line and restore pressure by mid-afternoon. The loss of pressure can allow bacteria to enter the drinking water.
The DNR and the rural water utility advise residents to boil water used for drinking or cooking, or used bottled water until test results from two water samples show the water is clean.
Residents should bring the water to a boil, boil it for one minute and let it cool before using it for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth and preparing food. They can use tap water for bathing and similar purposes.
Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms. Bacteria in drinking water may pose greater health risks for infants, young children, some of the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.
Find more information at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline, 800-427-4791.
The city or DNR will notify residents when the water is safe to drink.
For more information contact Dan Olson @ 712-243-1934 or Dan.Olson@dnr.iowa.gov.