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UPDATE: Boil Advisory Lifted For Parts of Iowa City

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Folks living in Southern Coralville and Iowa City need to boil their water.

The department of natural resources issued a precautionary boil advisory west of Riverside Drive and University Heights because of a water main break.

It does not include the university or hospital.

It takes about one minute to boil drinking water to make it safe and it's a process some residents in Iowa City will have to go through until further notice.

"I feel like it's very important for us to know about these things, said Iowa City Resident Rosa Delatorre.

She's talking about a water main break on Capitol Street near Lafayette Street.

"It took a while to determine where the break actually happened. We had crews in there to fix it so the road re-opened at about 9:30 this morning, said Shannon McMahon, Iowa City Communications Coordinator.

Even with the water main repaired, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is recommending that people living west of riverside drive and University Heights boil any drinking water.

Doing so will help avoid the potential for people being exposed to bacterial or other harmful contamination.

"I just want to let people know that this is an advisory, it's not a boil order. And it's precautionary. We have no real reason to believe the water is contaminated, said McMahon.

Shannon McMahon says Iowa City has never sent out a boil order and this is the first boil advisory they've ever had.

Some though, are not taking any chances.

"I have a teapot kettle thing so I figured I can just fill it up and boil it and leave it there and then use it whenever, said Delatorre.

She says it's a simple step to staying safe.

The Iowa City communications office says the advisory stands until Monday.

When two sets of bacteria samples are examined to ensure the water meets all regulatory standards.



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