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Boil order issued for parts of south St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – The City Water Division has issued a precautionary boil water advisory for a portion of its service area due to low water pressure caused by a broken main.

The area under the precautionary boil water advisory is:
● North of Arsenal Street to Oakland Avenue between Kingshighway and the western city limit.
● South of Arsenal to Chippewa Street between Kingshighway and Hampton Avenue.

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Although water has been restored to those neighborhoods, the water pressure in the affected areas has fallen below acceptable city levels, prompting the precautionary boil water advisory. The Water Division  has not detected any contamination to the water supply and has issued the advisory out of an abundance of caution.

The Water Division will analyze water samples before determining when to lift the boil water advisory. Test results will be in 24 hours.

People in the affected areas should take the following steps:
● Boil water vigorously for three minutes prior to use, then let water cool (to approximately 110 degrees Fahrenheit or below) before drinking. Use only the water that has been boiled for drinking, diluting fruit juices, all other food preparation and brushing teeth.
● Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic ice maker. Remake ice cubes with water that has been boiled.
● Disinfect dishes and other food-contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.

Here are some frequently asked questions:

Do I need to boil bath water?
Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing or using backyard pools so water is not ingested. People with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.

What are the symptoms of water-borne illness?
Disease symptoms may include diarrhea, cramps, nausea and possible jaundice and associated headaches and fatigue. However, these symptoms also may be caused by a number of factors other than your drinkingwater.
Are some groups of people more seriously affected?
People with reduced immune function, infants under six months of age, and the elderly are more seriously impacted by water-borne disease. Immune function may be reduced due to chemotherapy for
treatment, organ transplants or diseases such as HIV/AIDS. People in these groups need to contact their personal physicians for additional information.

Should I buy bottled water just to be on the safe side?
Buying bottled water may be a feasible alternative to boiling drinking water when under a boil water order.
Bottled water operations are routinely inspected, and samples are analyzed by state health agencies.
This offers a safe source of water for drinking, cooking and brushing teeth.
Where can I get more information?

To learn more about your drinking water, call the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at 800-361-4827. If you are served by a public water system, call the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water hotline at
800-426-479. If you get your drinking water from a private well, contact the Missouri Department of Health at

June Heath

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