Missouri Valley Boil Order

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MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (KMTV) – Following a “catastrophic main rupture”, a boil water order has been issued for the Missouri Valley. The city warned that the water could contain AKA E. coli fecal coliforms.

The city said, “Due to a (ruptured water main and the tower being out of service for painting), the fecal coliforms [or E. coli] bacteria may be in the water supply. These bacteria can make you sick and are of particular concern to people with weakened immune systems. For the moment, no contamination has been confirmed, but the possibility exists due to the work carried out. “

As for what residents should do in the meantime, he said:

  • DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all the water to a boil, let it boil for a minute and let it cool before using it, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and preparing food until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
  • Faecal coliforms and E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal waste. The germs in this waste can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may present a particular risk to the health of infants, young children, some elderly people and people with severely compromised immune systems.
  • The above symptoms are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to see a doctor. People at increased risk should seek drinking water advice from their health care providers.

The city said it will continue to test the water supply and notify people when boiling water is no longer needed.

He expects the issue to be resolved within 48 to 72 hours.

The city asks people to share this information with others in the community.

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