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Water Main Break and Boil Advisory in Effect in Wellman

Posted: Thursday, September 29th, 2011 at 9:34 am
Author: KCII News - Bill Gatchel

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The City of Wellman has experienced a major watermain break. The break located on 8th Avenue north of 11th Street has also resulted in a boil advisory being issued. The DNR has issued the boil advisory as a precautionary measure as a result of low or no pressure.  City Clerk Donna Wade says water pressure is reduced in areas of the community and service will be shut off once repairs begin to the main. KCII will bring you more information as it becomes official.

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What to do during a boil order:

Residents should boil water used for drinking or cooking, brushing teeth, food preparation or any other purpose involving human consumption. City water may still be used for bathing.

Boiling destroys bacteria and disease-causing organisms, which may be in the water. Water should be brought to a boil, boiled one minute and then allowed to cool before using.

More information on disinfecting water is available on the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791 or from the city at (319) 646-2154.  You may also call the Washington County Public Health for additional information at 319-653-7758.

Residents should continue to boil their water until the City notifies them that water is meeting standards and is safe to drink. The DNR will lift the boil advisory after all samples have tested negative for the presence of bacteria.