WB boil order still in effect

Thursday, August 23, 2007

A boil order remains in effect for the City of Washburn, and City Clerk Sue Rose said she doesn't expect the order to be lifted until the end of the week.

The city is still waiting to receive two back-to-back positive water sample reports before the Missouri Depart-ment of Natural Resources will lift the boil order. As of presstime on Tuesday, that had not occurred.

Water samples are sent to the Greene County Health Department in Springfield and if bacteria levels are within acceptable levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), then DNR will take Washburn off its boil order list. The city must produce two consecutive days of safe samples.

Officials with DNR first issued the boil order on Aug. 13 after the pump on Washburn's lone well broke down and a system-wide loss of pressure occurred.

As a temporary solution, the city was able to hook on to the Southwest Rural Water District's system through the use of an aboveground temporary water line connecting one of the city's water mains to the water district's main.

The well pump was fixed on Aug. 14 and running again by Aug. 15. The city then had to chlorinate the water tank and flush out the lines before sending in its water samples.

According to Rose, the initial samples did not pass EPA guidelines and more samples will be sent this week.

The city's water is safe for bathing but not for drinking and cooking. City residents must boil water vigorously for three minutes before using. Dishes can be disinfected by immersing them for at least one minute in water that contains one teaspoon of unscented bleach per gallon of water.

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