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Water Department Cautioning of Water Main Breaks

The Oskaloosa Municipal Water Department wants to alert Oskaloosa residents of water main breaks within the city on December 27.

The first one crews are tackling is on C Avenue West between North C and North D Street. As a result of this work, the water department will have C Avenue West closed in both directions between North C and North D. Please find an alternate route if you need to travel in this area. Staff expect utility locates to clear and begin repairs after 10 AM.

The other leak is by 135 Geneva Drive. Staff will need to evaluate whether or not they will need to close Geneva from the frontage road along A Avenue East to 1st Avenue East in order to complete that repair. If the street does need to be closed, the water department will work to post notice on their Facebook page.

Due to the extreme cold the amount of time needed to complete the repairs may be longer than usual. We apologize for the inconvenience that this will cause those wanting to drive through these areas, but ask for your patience as staff work to fix the leaks and get the roads opened again.

BREAKING: Boil Water Advisory Lifted in Oskaloosa

The Oskaloosa Municipal Water Department is happy to announce that the Boil Water Advisory has been lifted effective immediately.  Test results from samples that were gathered Tuesday and Wednesday throughout Oskaloosa and Beacon have shown that there was no bacterial contamination of the water supply, and that the water was, and is, safe to drink.

We sincerely and wholeheartedly apologize for the inconveniences and issues this may have caused our customers.  The action of issuing the advisory was precautionary to help ensure the integrity of the water system and the health and well-being of our customers.

Steps are currently being taken to reassess operating procedures to help ensure that something of this nature does not happen again.

The Oskaloosa Municipal Water Department would like to take this time to thank all of the local media outlets for helping us get the word out to our customers and to thank those who stood by us and continued to provide support as we worked through this.

Again, we would like to reiterate that the water is safe to drink, that tests have shown that there was no bacterial contamination, and there is no longer a need to boil water before using for human consumption.

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