- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) - Officials are asking residents in Oskaloosa and Beacon to boil their water after a pump failed in a city water treatment plant.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says two water towers in Oskaloosa emptied overnight and the low pressure may have caused bacteria to enter the water system. Staff started refilling the towers Tuesday morning.

Officials say residents should boil drinking water for a minute before letting it cool. They should also use the boiled water for making ice, brushing teeth and preparing food.

City staff will be testing water from 11 locations throughout Oskaloosa and one in Beacon. They will notify residents when the water is safe to drink.

Oskaloosa has a population of over 11,500 people.


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