UPDATE 3/10/16 – Water boil advisory has been lifted, water tested clean and safe.
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Some properties in the Cape Hills, Cape Village and Tanglewood area in northern Cape Girardeau are now under a 48-hour boil advisory.
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About 345 properties (meters) are affected. The boil advisory is expected to last through 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, unless residents are otherwise notified.
There was a water main break in the area this afternoon which could have lowered water pressure. In such events, it is possible that water contamination might occur. There is no known contamination at this time. The boil advisory is precautionary, meaning that there is a potential for water quality concerns. It is recommended that customers boil water for certain uses.
During a boil advisory, take the following precautions:
- Boil water vigorously for three minutes prior to use. Use only water that has been boiled for drinking, diluting fruit juices, all other food preparation and brushing teeth. Let water cool sufficiently before drinking.
- Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic ice maker. Remake ice cubes with water that has been boiled.
- Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water. (Source: Missouri Department of Natural Resources)
- Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Additional information about what to do while affected by a boil water advisory is available from the Missouri Department of Resources.
The repair was completed Tuesday, March 9. The affected area is serviced by Alliance Water Resources and the City of Cape Girardeau Public Works Department. When the advisory was issued, all area residents were notified by news release and email and social media in addition to the paper notices left at each affected property.