DRINKING WATER ADVISORY
The Baxter Water Supply is recommending to use bottled water or an alternative source for drinking
DO NOT USE THE WATER FOR DRINKING OR COOKING
!!DO NOT BE ALARMED BY PREVIOUS CONSUMPTION-THIS IS PRECAUTIONARY FROM THIS POINT FORWARD!!
The Baxter Water Supply experienced equipment failure in the distribution system and the system lost pressure late Wednesday night, September 18, 2019. Due to the potential for bacterial contamination, it is being recommended that bottled water or an alternative source be used. The manganese levels may be above the Health Advisory (HA) Level. Manganese in drinking water is a serious health concern. Add information or change to specific area if impacts are limited.
The DNR was notified of this at time of occurrence and made the decision to put this advisory into affect mid-morning today as a precautionary measure.
DO NOT GIVE THE WATER TO INFANTS Infants below the age of six months who drink water or formula made with the water containing manganese in excess of the Health Advisory (HA) Level may have impacts to their learning and behavior.
DO NOT GIVE THE WATER TO ADULTS AND CHILDREN OVER SIX MONTHS OF AGE. Adults and children over six months of age who drink water containing manganese in excess of the Health Advisory (HA) Level may have neurological health issues.
Bottled water or an alternative source should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice.
WATER IS SAFE TO DO DISHES AND LAUNDRY.
This is precautionary and users should not be concerned
The water may be used for bathing and other similar purposes.
• Water, juice, and formula for children under six months of age should not be prepared with tap water. Bottled water or other water low in manganese should be used for infants until further notice.
• DO NOT BOIL THE WATER. Boiling, freezing, filtering, or letting water stand does not reduce the manganese level. Excessive boiling can make the manganese more concentrated, because manganese remain behind when the water evaporates.
For more information, please contact Shawn Fuller, Public Works Director at 641-227-3354. 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.
When water service is restored, there may be air in your water piping and the water may be discolored. It is recommended to run the first water from a faucet that does not have an aerator screen, such as a bathtub or hose bib. Open the faucet slowly to allow the air to escape. Once the water is flowing, allow the faucet to run until it is clear. The water may be cloudy at first due to air in the water or particles that dislodged as the pipes filled with water. This should clear fairly quickly. If water is cloudy throughout the house and it does not clear after allowing the water to run for several minutes, contact the person listed above.
The system has been repaired, re-pressurized, and bacteria samples will be collected. This advisory is a precaution until bacterial sample results are available. You will be notified when the results are available and the advisory is lifted. Saturday, September 21, 2019 will be the earliest possible time for the advisory to be lifted dependent upon bacterial samples taken over the next two days.
The system is working with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to resolve the situation.
This notice is being sent to you by the Baxter Water Supply.
Date distributed: September 19, 2019
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