A boil advisory has been issued for Pikes Peak State Park in Clayton County.
Water is shut off at water hydrants and the modern shower and restroom facilities. Flushing toilets will be available at the overlook. Pit latrines are also available.
Campers should think of this as a primitive campground this weekend. The DNR is contacting campers with reservations to let them know of the boil advisory. RV campers should fill up their water tanks before arriving at the park.
The boil advisory will remain in effect until two sets of bacteria samples are determined to be clean. Until then, the DNR advises park guests to boil water used for drinking or cooking, or to use bottled water.
Bring the water to a boil and boil it for one minute. Let it cool before drinking, making ice, brushing teeth and preparing food.
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.
For more information, caontact Rylan Retallick, park ranger, 563-880-4569 or Rylan.Retallick@dnr.iowa.gov.
Find more information at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline, 800-427-4791.