Prairie City Faces Third Day of Boil Order

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PRAIRIE CITY, Iowa -- Residents of a Jasper County town noticed a drop in water pressure Sunday morning. Upon checking, Prairie City officials found water had been depleted from the city water tower due to an electrical short in a pump that filled the tower with water.

"Sunday morning is when we realized was lost pressure due to a pump malfunction at our Colfax wells," said Manny Toribio, city administrator. "We had to quickly take the reserves and put them up in the water tower."

The city water comes from a well field several miles away near Colfax.

Due to the drop in pressure, some residents had little or no water. The Department of Natural Resources requires that residents use bottled water until it can be determined the water is safe to drink. The DNR also requires testing of the water after there is a loss in pressure in the system. The second round of tests was done Tuesday and results should be available Wednesday morning.

The PCM Elementary School was operating in Prairie City with 2,800 bottles of water donated by Hy-Vee in Newton. Fareway in Pella has also scheduled  a water donation Wednesday morning.

"At this time our review of the concern is to make sure we have the proper communication devices in place to allow us to understand where our water tower is at as far as water pressure," said Toribio.


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