(Update 11:30-a.m.) Bluffs Precautionary Boil Order Issued


January 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An underground water main broke early this (Tuesday) morning in Council Bluffs and prompted part of a residential street to collapse. Homeowner David Froth woke up around 3 A-M to see the road caving in. Froth says he ran to the aid of a neighbor who was driving up the street and crashed into a large hole. “It’s a little scary seeing something like this and then trying to help your neighbor out of his own car,” Froth said.

Officials with the Council Bluffs Water Works said a major water main break near Ave E and N. 9th Street caused a loss of water pressure on the west end of Council Bluffs. The water main break has been isolated and the system was repressurizing late Wednesday morning.

The utility says “While loss of pressure does not necessarily mean the water has been contaminated, it does mean that pathogens may be able to enter the piped-water system and thus be carried to consumers. The Council Bluffs Water Works is issuing precautionary boil water advisory for the entire City until further notice. The precautionary notice includes the cities of Crescent, Underwood, and McClelland and the Bentree Subdivisions.

Do not use tap water for drinking or food preparation. Under a boil-water advisory (BWA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that water be brought to a rolling boil for one minute before it is consumed in order to kill protozoa, bacteria and viruses. The Council Bluff Water Works will be taking water samples throughout the City to verify the safety of the water and lift the advisory as soon as possible.”