DNR lifts boil order in Washburn

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Missouri Depart-ment of Natural Resources (DNR) has lifted the boil order for the City of Washburn.

The boil order had been in effect since Aug. 13. DNR officials lifted the boil order on Aug. 27 after test results from water samples taken on Aug. 22 and 23 showed that the water is safe to drink.

The boil order resulted from a system-wide pressure loss that occurred when the pump on the city's only water well stopped working. The low water pressure could have allowed contamination to enter the distribution system and so a boil order was issued until the city could produce back-to-back clean water samples.

While crews worked to fix the well pump, the city temporarily hooked on to the Southwest Rural Water District. This solution provided city residents with water, but the boil order remained in effect.

In addition to fixing the pump, city crews had to chlorinate the water tank and flush out lines before sending off water samples to the lab in Springfield.

For more information on any city water issue, contact Washburn City Hall at 826-5242.

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