November 11th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa DNR said today (Friday), a Boil Order has been issued for the city of Dexter because of a break in a water line between the treatment plant and the city.
While the repair is being made, water pressure will be lost. Due to the potential for bacterial contamination, it is being recommended that the water be boiled before using for drinking or cooking or that an alternative source such as bottled water be used. The boil order will be lifted after the repair has been made and water samples have been analyzed to ensure that the water is safe.

It is recommended not to drink the water without boiling it first. 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.

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.