(Mitchellville, IA) -- Mitchellville is under a boil order. A water main was damaged during a construction project at 6th and Neely NE. Repairs are underway. In the meantime, residents are asked to boil water for the next 24-hours as a precaution. The city recommends bringing all water used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth or preparing food to a boil, letting it boil for one minute and then cool before using. Or, use bottled water. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Tap water can be used for bathing and similar purposes.
The accident caused the water tower to drain, leaving the city without water. Once repairs are made the system will be flushed. The water service will collect and test two sets of water samples, taken at least 16 hours apart, to determine when the water is safe and the advisory can be lifted.