Advance Notice – Potential Bottled Water Advisory on March 10th
Malvern Water Users
Potential for Bottled Water Advisory
Work is scheduled March 10th for the well that is low in nitrates. It is being planned to have the old well pump removed and a temporary pump installed in the same day. This should allow the tower to supply good water during the process. If all goes as planned there will be no need for anyone to use bottled water.
If this does not go as planned and the one well must be used before the second one is back up and running then a BOTTLED water advisory will have to be issued until both wells are back in operation.
What should you do if this happens?
- At that time DO NOT GIVE TAP WATER TO INFANTS, NURSING or EXPECTING MOTHERS. Infants below the age of six months who drink water containing nitrate in excess of the MCL could become seriously ill and, if untreated, may die. Symptoms include shortness of breath and blue baby syndrome. Blue baby syndrome is indicated by blueness of the skin. Symptoms in infants can develop rapidly, with health deteriorating over a period of days. If symptoms occur, seek medical attention immediately.
- Water, juice and formula for children under six month of age should not be prepared with tap water Bottled water or other water lower in nitrates should be used for infants under the situation is corrected.
- DO NOT BOIL THE WATER. Boiling freezing, filtering or letting water stand does not reduce the nitrate level. Excessive boiling can make the nitrates more concentrated, because nitrates remain behind when the water evaporates.
- Adults and children older than six months can drink the tap water (nitrate is a concern for infants because they can’t process nitrates in the same way adults can). However, if you are pregnant, nursing or have specific health concerns you may wish to consult your doctor.
- Tap water can be used for bathing and other uses.
- For more information, call the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s water hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
If an advisory goes into effect a CodeRED Emergency Notification Alert through the Mills County Emergency Management Agency will be issued. If you are not signed up for CodeRED please do so by logging onto the Mills County website, www.millscoia.us and clicking on CodeRed Logo or by contacting Mills County Emergency Management at 712-527-3643 for assistance. Notification will also be placed on the Bank Sign.
This is an advanced notification so those who may be affected may plan accordingly to have some bottled water in place. It is not anticipated that this will be happen, but wish for those potentially affected to be prepared. For further information you may contact Tim Snyder with PeopleService at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-690-3892. Also the City of Malvern website at malvernia.com.