Public Safety

Drinking water advisory issued for some North Liberty residents

The city of North Liberty has issued a boil order for residents near West Cherry Court, the south side of Cherry Street between Ranshaw Way and Stewart Street, and along Circle Drive.

According to a news release, affected customers will lose water service while repairs are made and no other customers are affected at this time.

The advisory is in effect because of a water main break on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Due to the potential for bacterial contamination, it is being recommended that water be boiled before using for drinking or cooking or that an alternative source be used.

Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

To ensure safe drinking water, 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.

For more information, contact Greg Metternich, 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.

According to the release, 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.

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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 Metternich.

Once the system has been repaired and repressurized, bacteria samples will be collected and the system will be monitored. This advisory is a precaution until bacterial sample results are available.

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