MANSON - Residents of Manson are advised to boil their water after a water main break Monday morning.
The break was located just north of the water tower, and was fixed by 1 p.m., said Mayor Dave George.
Due to the potential for bacterial contamination, water should be boiled before using for drinking or cooking, or an alternative source should be used. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, or brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
The water may be used for bathing and other similar purposes.
A main break like this one that affects the entire community always triggers a boil alert from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, George said. Water samples were taken in for testing Monday afternoon.
"I'm hoping we get good results and can lift the boil order tomorrow," he said, "or the day after."
School was let out at about noon due to the water being shut off.
The break was discovered early in the morning, George said, after a power outage made the city restart its water plant at around 12:30 a.m.
"Later in the morning, we noticed the level in the water tower was not rising like it should, and started looking for a main break," he said. The break was found about 7 a.m. Water had started pooling in the field north of the water tower and east of County Road N65.
George said the pipe that broke was a fairly new line, and he didn't know what had caused it.