NEW INFORMATION: City of Neillsville says water main fixed but boil advisory still in effect

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Neillsville, Wis-- The city Neillsville says it has isolated and fixed the water main leak that forced the city to close school Friday and left many residents without water Thursday night.

Mayor Steve Mabie says the main leak was at 8th street near the fire house. He says the leak left two other areas weak as well.

Mabie says worker fixed the broken pipe early Saturday Morning. He says 98 percent of the city has water back but are still asking residents to boil their water. He says they have to get a water sample tested to make sure it's clean and that could take until Monday.

NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (RELEASE FROM NEILLSVILLE PUBLIC WORKS DEPT.) --A significant water main break caused a loss of water pressure in the Neillsville water system. As a precaution a boil water notice is being issued at this time. A loss of water pressure can allow contaminants to enter the water system. Once system pressure is fully restored, the water utility will test the water for coliform bacteria. At this lime it is
not known if contamination has occurred. Once the water has been tested, this notice will be lifted if the water tests negative for coliform bacteria.
We routinely monitor for the presence of drinking water contaminants. The presence of coliform bacteria including fecal bacteria in your drinking water is a violation of State and Federal Safe Drinking Water
What precautions should be taken at this time?
Ice, food and any beverages prepared with unsafe water must be discarded. You should bail or use commercially bottled water for drinking, food preparation, and making ice. if you boil water, the water should be heated to a rolling boil for at least ONE minute before use. Ice should be made from boiled or bottled water.
What does this mean?
Coliform are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, the elderly, and people with severely compromised
immune systems.
The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
What is being done to correct the problem?
Corrective action(s) taken:
You should use boiled or bottled water until we inform you that our sampling shows that no bacteria are present. We are working to resolve this problem as soon as possible.

Failure to follow this advisory could result in stomach or intestinal illness. Due to the recent water main break and loss of water pressure on Feb 13 2014, the City of Neillsville, Wisconsin, Water System is advising residents to use boiled tap water or bottled
water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution.
DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one (1) minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking and food preparation until further notice.
The water may be bacteriologically unsafe for drinking,
All water used for washing of eating utensils, drinking, or cooking should be boiled at a rolling boil for at least one minute.
Ice and any beverages prepared with unboiled water should be discarded .
• An alternative method of disinfection for residents that are not able to boil their water is to use fresh, unscented, liquid household bleach. To do so, add 8 drops (or 1/8 teaspoon) of bleach per gallon of clear water or 16 drops (or 1/4 teaspoon) per gallon of cloudy water,
mix thoroughly, and allow it to stand for 30 minutes before using . A chlorine-like taste and odor will result from. this disinfection procedure and is an indication that adequate disinfection has taken place.
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses) . You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
We will inform you when tests show that water is safe to drink and you no longer need to boil your water, We estimate 4 days to receive final test results.

For more information call:
Water Utility Contact
Mickey Marty
(715) 743-3991

Dave Flynn
Director of Public Works
(715) 743-5678


NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (WEAU) --A city is asking people to limit their water use after what it describes as a "major water main break."

The City of Neillsville has called in outside help, and says it can't guarantee that the water supply will last until tomorrow morning. Crews have worked all day, but haven't been able to find the break. The city says its water tower near Neillsville High School was empty as of 4 p.m., and that the system isn't keeping up with the loss of water.

The city asks that people who need water for medical reasons either fill a sink or some gallon jugs with enough water to get you through the evening.

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