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St. Charles Water Division Lifts Voluntary Boil Advisory as of Tues., April 9
Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Effective immediately -- Tues., April 9, 2013 -- the St. Charles Voluntary Boil Advisory has been lifted.  It is no longer necessary to boil water for any use or purpose.  Many thanks for your patience during last weekend's water main break.  If you have comments or questions, please don’t hesitate to call the city’s Water Division at 636-949-3366.

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St. Charles Issues Voluntary Boil Order for Limited Area from Riverside West
Order due to low pressure from main break; no bacteria detected in water.

WHO:  Residents and business owners in approximately an 8-block area of the city received information this morning relative to a Voluntary Boil Order.  Door hangers were distributed from the south side of Clark Street (400 block) to the north side of Jefferson Street (100 block).  The area also includes from the west side of Fourth Street to the east side of Riverside Drive.

WHAT:  According to Mike Richter, Water Systems Manager, this voluntary order is the direct result of low water pressure from a water main break and related repairs over the weekend on Riverside Drive north of Monroe Street.  The city’s Water Division repaired the damaged section of the water main, which included high-velocity flushing of the distribution system within affected areas.

Here are the instructions included in the flyer distributed earlier this morning:

Your public water system is under a voluntary boil water advisory.  You may need to take the following precautions:

1. Boil water vigorously for three minutes prior to use.  Use only boiled water for drinking, brushing teeth, diluting fruit juices and all other food preparations or consumption.  Use of bottled water may be a feasible, though relatively expensive, alternative to boiling tap water when under a boil water order.
2. Do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker or use any ice made with unboiled water from this system.  Remake ice cubes with water that has been boiled or buy ice.
3. 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.
4. Let water cool sufficiently before drinking.

WHERE &   City of St. Charles, MOVoluntary Boil Order
WHEN:       Monday, April 8, 201324-hour window

ALSO:  Water used for hand-washing or bathing does not generally need to be boiled.  Supervision of children is necessary while bathing or using backyard pools so water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.  For more information, contact the St. Charles Water Division at 636-949-3366.


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