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Monday, June 5, 2023

Drinking Water Boil Advisory Lifted, But Level Yellow Water Use Restrictions Continue

Drinking Water Boil Advisory Lifted, But Level Yellow Water Use Restrictions Continue

The Regional Water Rural Water District announced that the Boil Advisory which went into effect on Thursday, May 25th, has been lifted effective immediately. The mandatory water usage restrictions remain in effect for users of its Avoca Treatment Plant Distribution System. The restrictions help prevent continued system pressure issues caused by the drought and reduced water availability. Areas under these restrictions include members and customers in Shelby, Audubon, Cass, Harrison, and Northern Pottawattamie Counties. Included are the communities of Avoca, Portsmouth, Westphalia, Kirkman, Tennant, Panama, Earling, Exira, Persia, and Brayton. Municipal, residential, agricultural, commercial, and industrial users are required to continue mandatory reduction measures, such as no watering or irrigation of lawns. Watering of flowers, vegetable gardens, trees, or shrubs less than four years old, and new seedlings and sod is permitted once per week, with an application not to exceed one inch and only between the hours of 8:00 pm to 8:00 am. No car washing, except at commercial establishments that provide that service as their only means of income. In these cases, hours of use will be restricted to 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. No water shall be used to fill private swimming pools or children’s wading pools. No water shall be used to clean streets, driveways, or sidewalks. Large-volume water users, including industries, motels, hotels, restaurants, and livestock confinements are requested to scale back services and/or production. Schools are asked to cancel physical education activities and extracurricular sports that require showers or attract crowds. For more information, please contact the Regional Water Office at 712-343-2413. The Avoca Treatment Plant Distribution Systems continues to work with the Iowa DNR to resolve the situation.

(Photo Courtesy of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources)

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