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Boil water order in Webster County town

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A boil water advisory has been issued for the small Webster County town of Otho. 

The water system experienced a drop in water pressure, and, due to the potential for bacterial contamination, it is recommended that water be boiled before being used for drinking or cooking in Otho.

Officials say an alternative source of water, such as bottled water, should also be used until further notice.

The drop in water pressure occurred during a power outage while maintenance was being done on the water tower. A drop in water pressure can allow bacteria to enter the system.

Two sets of water samples will be taken to determine whether the water is safe and when the advisory can be lifted.

Residents of Otho are advised to bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water.

Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.  The water may be used for bathing and other similar purposes.

General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800) 426-4791.

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