MORAVIA – The Appanoose County city of Moravia is advising residents to boil their drinking water following repairs to a water main Wednesday morning. The entire town will be without water as the city replaces a section of pipe in the 800 block of W. North St. Repairs should be completed sometime Wednesday and water pressure restored. However, pressure losses can allow potentially harmful bacteria to enter the water supply. Starting after repairs on Wednesday, residents should boil their drinking water until testing shows the water is safe to drink.
Let the water boil for one minute, then let it cool before using. 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. Tap water can be used for bathing and similar purposes.
The city will disinfect the water and flush the system after completing repairs. City staff will collect two sets of water samples for testing. The city or DNR will notify residents when water is safe to drink and the advisory is lifted.
For more information, call the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791 for general guidelines on ways to reduce risks of infection.