St. Ansgar, Iowa – A boil advisory was issued Sunday for St. Ansgar in Mitchell County after the system experienced a drop in water pressure.
Due to the potential for bacterial contamination, it is being recommended water be boiled before being used for drinking or cooking or an alternative source such as bottled water be used until further notice.
The drop in water pressure occurred during a loss of radio communication between the well and the water tower. A drop in water pressure can allow bacteria to enter the system, city officials said.
Two sets of water samples will be taken to determine whether the water is safe and when the advisory can be lifted.
Residents of St. Ansgar are advised to 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.