Menomonie under boil water order

UPDATE FROM THE CITY:

WATER ALERT UPDATE
Friday – July 19, 2013
4 PM
The Water Department has been chlorinating, flushing and testing the City of Menomonie water system. Final test results will be received by noon on Sunday. Look for an update on the Water Boil Advisory Sunday afternoon. Thank you!
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(WEAU) - People in Menomonie are learning Thursday night they'll have to boil their water for the next two days.

The City of Menomonie issued a boil water advisory after the water tested positive for coliform bacteria. It says you need to throw out anything you made with the water and use bottled water or boil your water for cooking and making ice.

If you're boiling it, the city says bring it to a rolling boil for at least one minute.

The city says coliform isn't harmful generally but can be a warning of potential problems.

You can find more information below.

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FROM THE CITY OF MENOMONIE:

CITY OF MENOMONIE IS UNDER A 48hour BOIL WATER ADVISORY:
Boil/Bottle Water Advisory
Menomonie Waterworks water contains coliform bacteria

The samples listed below indicate the presence of coliform bacteria in your drinking water and are a violation of State and Federal Safe Drinking Water Regulations.

Multiple water samples collected on 7/17/2013 indicated the presence of coliform bacteria.

What precautions should be taken at this time?

Ice, food, and any beverages prepared with unsafe water must be discarded. You should boil 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?

Total coliform bacteria are generally not harmful themselves. Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially-harmful, bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems.

Whenever we detect coliform bacteria in any sample, we do follow-up testing to see if other bacteria of greater concern, such as fecal coliform or E. coli, are present. We did not find any of these bacteria in our subsequent testing.

What is being done to correct the problem?
Corrective action(s) taken: Additional Chlorination, Flushing and Re-testing of the Water System

As a precautionary measure, 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.

If you have questions regarding the safety of our drinking water, please contact:

Jeremy Hoyt or Randy Eide (715) 232-2395 or (715) 232-2207
Name of Responsible Person
800 Wilson Avenue, Menomonie WI 54751 Area Code-Telephone Number


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