LIFTED: Boil advisory lifted for Sioux City's West Side

Drinking water boil advisory issued for Sioux City's West Side

JANUARY 20, 2018: The boil advisory that was put in to place on Wednesday for Sioux City's West Side has been lifted.

The advisory that was put in to place Wednesday evening was lifted earlier today and water is now safe to drink.

The city does suggest residents flush their water lines before consuming water as a precaution.

Residents are advised to "flush" their water following the lifting of the boil warning in order to clear plumbing of potentially contaminated water. Flushing your household and building water lines includes interior and exterior faucets; showers; water and ice dispensers; water treatment units, etc.

Please use the following guidance:

Cold Water Faucets: Run tap water until the water feels cold, one minute or more, before drinking, tooth-brushing, or using for food preparation. If you have a single-lever faucet, set it to run the cold water first.

Refrigerator water-dispensing machine: Water dispensers from refrigerators should be flushed of at least one quart of water. If unsure of your dispenser's capacity, refer to manufacturer specifications.

Ice cubes: Automatic ice dispensers should be emptied of ice made during the boil warning and run through a 24-hour cycle, discarding the ice to assure purging of the icemaker water supply line.

JANUARY 17, 2018: A part of Sioux City's West Side is under a boil advisory this morning.

A water main break in the distribution system caused a loss of pressure Wednesday night.

Because of this, and a potential risk for bacterial contamination, an area of Sioux City's West Side is being advised to boil all tap water before drinking.

The area affected is:

Casselman St. from W 19th to W 32nd, going west to Normandy St., including the 4100 block of Fieldcrest Dr., California Ave., Kellogg S., Wadsworth Rd., extending North to Bennington Rd.

Sioux City's Public Water Supply recommends boiling water before using for drinking or to use an alternative source of water.

As of now, the system has been repaired and re-pressurized.

School is canceled for Thursday, January 18th for West Middle and West High School in Sioux City.

Bacteria samples will be collected and people living in the area will be notified through local media when the boil advisory has been lifted.

To properly boil the water, bring it to a boil and let it boil for one minute.

Then, let it cool before using, or use bottled water.

Boiled or bottled water should be used for all drinking, making ice, brushing teeth and food preparation until further notice.

The water may be used for bathing and other similar purposes.

For more information, please contact Jon O’Brien at 712.898.4098 Utilities Superintendent.

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.

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