Residents in the village of Brule are under a boil water order due to possible contamination. Water Supervisor Andrew Skorniak says a test came up positive for fecal coliforms and e-coli bacteria, meaning, the public water supply may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Skorniak says it’s hard to determine the cause of such contamination, but a boil notice has to be implemented for the safety of the town’s residents.
Skorniak says residents in Brule will need to boil their water before use, or use bottled water for the next couple of weeks. While the direct cause of the contamination is not yet known, he says bacterial contamination can occur when increased water run-off enters the drinking water source, sometimes after heavy rains, or can occur due to a break in the distribution system.
Residents need to boil their water for at least one minute before using it, or simply use bottled water if it’s available. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and all food preparation until further notice.
Questions about water contamination can be directed to the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791.
Thanks to Josh Mackey, KOGA, Ogallala