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Water warning still in place for Colesburg


People in Colesburg are still urged to boil their water or use bottled water.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says repairs to the pump on the main well that was knocked out by lightning are taking longer than expected.

The advisory was originally put in place on Aug. 13.

The city had planned to switch to an emergency well, but tests found coliform bacteria in that well along with the distribution system.

Colesburg does not disinfect its water, so the presence of the bacteria creates more of a concern.

The DNR says that Colesburg only has a temporary pump replacement and will need to take the well down again next week.

Here's what the DNR says anyone living in Colesburg should do:

• Do not drink the water directly from the faucet. Bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice.

As an alternative to bottled water, bring all water drawn from the faucet to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using. Boiling for a minute kills bacteria and other organisms in the water, but boiling longer than a minute can concentrate nitrates.

• Contaminated water can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.

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