Dear PWSD #3 Customer:


Whenever a water main breaks or is turned off, the pressure will drop to 0 psi.  When this happens, bacteria can enter the line because of the low pressure inside the lines.  Under normal conditions, chlorine disinfection and higher water pressure keep the lines free from bacteria.


Since PWSD #3 cannot insure the water is safe to drink under the current low water pressure condition, you are being advised to boil the water before using it for consumption.


The following precautions are advised before consuming the water:


1.      Boil water vigorously for three (3) 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.

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 (1) minute in tap water that contains one (1) teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.



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 sever rashes may wish to consult their physicians.


People with severely compromised immune systems, infants and some elderly may be at increased risk.  These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.


You may contact Ed Young with PWSD #3 at 417-337-8451 if you have any questions.  You may also call the Southwest Regional DNR Public Drinking Water Branch office at 417-891-4300 for further information.


This Boil Water Advisory will remain in effect until lab samples can be collected to confirm there is no bacteria present.  Since two (2) samples must be collected 24 hours apart, this Boil Water Advisory will remain in effect until these satisfactory sample results are received.  Notification will be made when this Boil Water Advisory is lifted.