The City of Maxwell, Iowa is under a boil water advisory until further notice.
A water main break may cause E. coli bacteria to contaminate the water supply. The bacteria can make you sick and is especially dangerous for people with weakened immune systems. Boiling water before use will kill the bacteria.
City crews are working to repair the break. After repairs are made tests will be done to ensure the water is safe to drink. The city expects to fix the problem in the next three to four days.
Residents should let water boil for one minute and cool before using. They should use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Untreated water can be used for bathing and similar purposes.
For more information, call the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-4791 for general guidelines on ways to reduce risks of infection.