Boil Order issued for the City of Fontanelle


October 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials in Fontanelle say a water main break this (Monday) morning has resulted in a Boil Order for citizens served by the City’s water supply. The Adair-Guthrie County Emergency Management Agency says the break has been repaired, the system has been flushed, and the main has been disinfected, but 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.

Officials expect the results of tests for bacteria will be available within a few days. If the tests show there is no bacteria in the water supply system, the boil order will be rescinded. Meanwhile, officials advise residents 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.

For more information, please contact Susan Newton at 641-745-3961. 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.