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People in Oxford Junction advised to boil water

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OXFORD JUNCTION (KWWL) -- The city of Oxford Junction requests that all residents boil water starting Tuesday until tests show that water is free from bacterial contamination.

The city lost pressure in the water distribution system when a water main broke Tuesday. When pressure is low, there is a chance that bacteria could enter the system.

The city has repaired the main and collected water samples to test for bacterial contamination. City staffers advise residents to boil all water used for drinking or cooking until water tests show the water is safe to drink. They may also use bottled water.

According to the DNR, residents should let water boil for one minute and cool before using. They should use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Untreated water can be used for bathing and similar purposes.

The DNR or city will notify residents when the advisory is lifted.

For more information, please contact the city of Oxford Junction at from the city at (563) 637-2269. Or, call the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-4791 for general guidelines on ways to reduce risks of infection.

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