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UPDATE: Aplington boil order lifted

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APLINGTON (KWWL) - The City of Aplington says the boil order has been lifted as of Wednesday morning and the city's tap water is now safe to drink.

A boil order had been in place since March 27 after a pump at the water tower failed, causing pressure in the system to drop to dangerously low levels.

If you have questions, call call Aplington City Hall at 319-347-2425.



The City of Aplington has modified their drinking order to let people know that boiled water may be used for drinking or cooking except for infants under 6 months of age.

City officials on Friday afternoon said the city's tap water must not be given to infants under 6 months of age or used to make infant formula, whether it has been boiled or not.

High nitrate levels that persist in the city's water supply even after boiling may cause young infants to become seriously ill.

Infants that have ingested the city's water on Thursday or Friday should be checked for shortness of breath or "blue baby syndrome." If such symptoms occur, seek medical attention.

Adults and children over 6 months of age should boil the city's water for one minute and let it cool before drinking, making ice, brushing teeth and preparing food until further notice.

Aplington residents are also asked to conserve or limit their water use, including delaying use of washing machines, dishwashers and other uses so that the system can maintain pressure.

The City of Aplington is working to repair the leak at the water tower and collect bacteria samples throughout the system. Residents will be notified when clean bacterial sample results are available.

For more information, call Aplington City Hall at 319-347-2425



On a rain-soaked day in Aplington, a lot of people were left thirsty.

“This is what happens,” said Ann Vanderburg, turning on her kitchen faucet. “Nothing. Nothing happens.”

It began Thursday morning.

According to city officials, a pump at the water tower quit working, which brought water pressure down to a dangerous level. Crews worked into the evening trying to troubleshoot the problem.

“There’s no water in the tower,” said City Clerk Deb Prier.

Most residents were without water entirely, but even if something did come out of the tap, it wasn’t safe to drink. Schools dismissed students early as a result.

“Food preparation, washing dishes, teeth brushing, everything -- everything should be bottled water,” Prier said.

Officials believe other factors contributed to the issue, including a leaky water tower and a broken water main.

“Through the DNR we had to have a boil order advisory which turned into a ‘no-drink’ advisory, for now,” said Blake Hovenga, Public Works Director.

Hovenga said boiling the water would only concentrate the chemical nitrite, which can cause health problems. The water can’t be considered potable again until test results are returned early next week.

So that leaves people like Vanderburg stocking up on bottled water, with dishes piling up in the sink, and a sick child.

“Especially since he has a cold and likes to drink lots of fluids, it’s kind of hard,” she said. “Being that I have no water to give him.”

Free bottled water is available at the Aplington Community Center until 10 p.m. Thursday, and will be available Friday beginning at 7 a.m.

Amie Steffeneicher and Eric Page contributed to this report.

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