Boil Order in Effect


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FERTILE, IA – Getting a drink of water isn’t as easy as usual for folks in one north Iowa community.

Findings of above average levels of E-coli in the fertile water system are leading authorities to issue a boil advisory.

Neighbors are asked to boil water or drink bottled water until repairs can be made.

Mayor Joyce Russell says they’re trying to be on the safe side and make sure no one is hurt.

“It was just a little over the limit for bacteria so that puts in an automatic boil any drinking water warning for all residents,” said Russell.

Bottled water is provided by the city for each residence free of charge.

If you haven’t claimed your water, you can still do so at City Hall.

“We have to have three consecutive days of the lab saying the water is drinkable and we have had one day now. So we’re hoping by Tuesday we’ll have the three days and the boil ban can be removed,” said Russell.

The Fertile Water Tower, which caused the contamination due to sitting water is expected to be complete in the next two weeks.

Once filled, the tower should be able to return water flow back to normal.

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