Officials are recommending that residents of Aplington boil their water until tests ensure it is safe to drink. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issued the advisory Saturday after a water main break in the Butler County city of about 1,100 people.
While workers were repairing the break, the city’s well pumps and water tower were shut down. That can cause water pressure to drop and potentially allow bacteria to enter the system.
People are advised to boil any water they use for drinking or cooking until test results later this week confirm the water is safe.