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Wellman bottled water restriction lifted by DNR

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An advisory telling residents of Wellman to drink only bottled water has been lifted, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Friday morning. An advisory telling residents of Wellman to drink only bottled water has been lifted, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Friday morning.
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An advisory telling residents of Wellman to drink only bottled water has been lifted, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Friday morning.

The City of Wellman had been under a bottled water advisory since Thursday due to excessive nitrate levels, the DNR said.

A burst water line on Thursday bypassed the reverse osmosis system used to reduce nitrate in the water supply.

Nitrates cannot be boiled out of drinking water, according to the DNR.

The City of Wellman has now shifted its water source to wells that do not have nitrate issues, and water sampling confirmed the water from those wells is safe to drink, the DNR said Friday.

However, Wellman city administrator Nick Pacha emailed several news outlets Friday to say "there was never a boil order" and the city water had "stayed in drinking water standards."

"The Reverse Osmosis plant was offline due to a broken pipe," Pacha said in a follow-up email to KWWL. "The RO plant was put into place to help reduce nitrate levels in the water. When the RO plant goes offline it is required to notify residents.

"Improvements to the well components and changing the amount blending of the two different wells along with the use of our sand filters have keep the levels well within the DNR regulations while the RO plant is being repaired."

Pacha didn't elaborate on whether the DNR was correct in issuing the bottled water advisory Thursday.

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