Vinton residents are being asked to boil tap water before consumption after officials discovered amounts of E. coli bacteria at a house Friday morning.
The boil order will remain in effect until further notice, but officials anticipate resolving the problem within 24 hours. Vinton Mayor John Watson said they will be retesting the water and will notify residents when the boil order is lifted.
According to a news release, bacterial contamination can occur when increased run-off enters the drinking water source, a break occurs in the distribution system or there is a failure in the water treatment process. Watson said in this particular case, it was not due to a water main break.
E. coli bacteria can make people sick, and are a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems.
Vinton officials say:
Bacterial contamination can occur when increased run-off enters the drinking water source (for example, following heavy rains). It can also happen due to a break in the distribution system (pipes) or a failure in the water treatment process.
The city will inform residents when tests show no bacteria and you no longer need to boil water. Officials hope to resolve the problem within 24 hours.
For more information, contact Vinton City Hall at 319-472-4707 or PO Box 529, Vinton, IA 52349. 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.
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.