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Boil Advisory Issued for City of Chariton in Lucas County

  • 7/25/2016 8:18:00 AM
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CHARITON – A water main break in the city of Chariton has resulted in pressure loss and water outages prompting a boil advisory. 

Repairs to the water main will be made soon, but due to the potential for bacterial contamination, it is being recommended that the water be boiled before being used for drinking or cooking or that an alternative source such as bottled water be used until further notice. 

Two sets of water samples will be taken to determine whether the water is safe and when the advisory can be lifted. 

Residents of Chariton are advised to bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. 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 in the water.  The water may be used for bathing and other similar purposes. 

General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800) 426-4791.