Perry Water Works Superintendent Hank Schmidt issued a precautionary boil water notice (PBWN) about 8 p.m. Tuesday, effective immediately, for Perry Water Works customers residing in the area roughly described as:
- portions of 15th and 16th streets between Otley Avenue and Iowa Street
- portions of Estella Street and Otley Avenue between 14th and 16th streets
- homes on the east side of 16th Street between Otley and Willis avenues
- some of the homes on Otley Avenue between 16th and 17th streets
Schmidt said a copy of this notice will also be hand delivered and/or posted on the front door of all affected homes.
Water service to residences or businesses in these areas was interrupted or affected due to a water main break on 16th Street near Ostrander Street.
Perry Water Works employees are making the water main repairs and will flush the lines in the area when the repairs are complete.
Although precautions were taken during the repairs, residents are advised that there is a possibility of discolored water, air, debris and harmful microbes in the water.
As a precaution, residents are advised to boil water for one minute at a rolling boil before using the water for drinking or cooking.
Schmidt said bacteriological sampling will be conducted to ensure that the water is again safe to drink.
“This advisory will be lifted as soon as possible,” Schmidt said. “An all-clear notice will be hand delivered and/or posted on the front door of the affected homes as soon as testing shows that the water is safe, on Thursday, June 23 at the earliest.”
If you experience discolored water, air or debris in the water, the Perry Water Works advises you to flush the home’s plumbing by running water from all the faucets for a few minutes until the water clears up.
The water should still be boiled before being used for drinking or cooking even after it has been flushed.
If you experience low water pressure, call the Perry Water Works at 515-465-2562.