FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE from DNR
June 1, 2018
MEDIA CONTACT: Dan McIntosh, Southern Iowa Rural Water Association 641-782-5744
CRESTON—A boil advisory has been issued by the Southern Iowa Rural Water Association (SIRWA) and Creston Water Works following issues with the filtration system at the Creston Water Treatment Plant. The SIRWA and Creston Water Works is issuing this drinking water warning to all of their customers.
Due to filtration system issues at the plant, there are increased chances the water may contain disease-causing organisms including bacteria, viruses and parasites, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea and headaches. Residents should boil water used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth or preparing food. Boiling kills any bacteria and other organisms that may be in the water.
Residents should bring water to a boil for one minute and let cool, or use bottled water.
The boil order is in effect until further notice.
For more information, please contact SIRWA at 641-782-5744.
Adams County: Nodaway, Prescott and surrounding rural areas
Clarke County: Murray and surrounding rural areas west of Interstate 35
Decatur County: Grand River and surrounding rural areas west of Interstate 35
Madison County: Macksburg and surrounding rural areas
Ringgold County: Beaconsfield, Benton, Delphos, Diagonal, Ellston, Kellerton, Maloy, Mt. Ayr, Redding, Sun Valley, Tingley and surrounding rural areas
Taylor County: Bedford, Blockton, Conway, Clearfield, Gravity, Lenox, Sharpsburg and surrounding rural areas
Union County: Afton, Arispe, Creston, Cromwell, Kent, Lorimor, Shannon City, Thayer and surrounding rural areas
For more information on guidelines to reduce risk of infection, call the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791.
Specific Information for Child Care from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
During a boil water advisory Children and employees should not consume:
Researchers say 24 percent of Iowa residents live in child care deserts, places where child care is scant. That figure jumped to 37 percent in rural areas.