Otoe County Water Districts Declare Boil Notice

NEBRASKA CITY – Two water districts in Otoe County are under a boil notice.

Rural Water districts 1 and 2, which include an area generally east of Dunbar east and south of Nebraska City , are under the boil notice. This notice does not include Nebraska City Utilities or the municipal drinking water.

Water Superintendent Ed Rowen said a routine water sample turned up E Coli, an intestinal bacteria. Some strains are known to cause serious illness, but any upsurge in  E Coli  is a signal of recent sewage or animal waste contamination.

Rowen said the water district has identified the source of contamination and is working to eliminate any threat. A series of tests over many hours are required before the water can be cleared for use.

Rowen said water must be boiled before it is consumed. People may use the water for cleaning and showers.

Rowen said some animal advocates note that contaminated water may also pose a threat to pets.

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