Tiffin issues boil advisory
TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin in Johnson County issued a boil advisory Friday after shutting off water to the older part of town and Deer View Estates, a newer section on the west side.
The city was installing a new pipe connection Friday afternoon when they needed to shut off the water to complete the work. About 500 to 600 residents and businesses are affected.
The city expects to complete repairs, restore water pressure and flush the lines Friday evening. However, the boil advisory will remain in effect until the city can collect and test water samples.
Loss in water pressure can allow bacteria and other substances to enter the water. The city and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) advise residents to boil their water until test results show water is safe to drink.
Bring all water to a boil. Let it boil for one minute, and then let it cool before using. Use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation. Untreated water can be used for bathing and similar purposes.
Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Bacteria in the water may pose greater health risks for infants, young children, some of the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.
Call the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791 for more information.
After water samples test clean for bacteria, the city will lift the boil advisory.