North Liberty issues boil order recommendation for some residents

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On Monday the City of North Liberty issued a boil order recommendation for a localized portion of its populace.

According to city media release, the city is recommending water be boiled before drinking or alternative water sources be used for “some customers in the area of West Zeller Street between Sugar Creek Lane and Prairie Ridge Court, customers along Zeller Crossing, and customers on Elm Ridge Drive between Zeller Street and Elm Ridge Court,” although it noted that customers on Elm Ridge Court are not affected.

The advisory went into effect because of a water main break Monday that may have opened the water supply in this area up for the potential for bacterial contamination.

Instructions for boiling water for drinking from the release:

• 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.

For more information on this situation, residents can contact Greg Metternich, the city’s water superintendent, at (319) 626-5700. 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.

The media release notes that the city is working with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to help resolve the situation. Here are instructions for what to do when the water service is restored:

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 Greg Metternich.


According to the release, once the system is repaired and repressurized, bacteria samples and the system will be monitored until service returns to normalcy. The boil order is a precaution until these bacterial results are available and analyzed, according to the release.



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