Boil Water Advisory lifted for Cape Girardeau

A decision to lift was made by Friday, Oct. 7.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The Boil Water Advisory for city of Cape Girardeau water customers was lifted the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 7.

City water is clean and safe to drink and otherwise use normally.

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City leaders warned those in city limits to remain prepared for the possibility of a boil water order to be issued if contaminants are detected.

City leaders are hopeful final tests will verify clean drinking water is available so the boil advisory can be lifted at that time.

The first round of samples, which were collected Wednesday, showed that the water is free from contaminants. The boil advisory is still in effect pending results of the second round of samples, collected Thursday. Those results are expected Friday afternoon.

Water no longer needs to be conserved.

Check the City of Cape Girardeau, Mo. Government Facebook page on Friday afternoon. The city will post when the final results arrive and water has been verified to be clean and safe.

Do not consume tap water unless you boil and cool it first.

All customers should now have water, possibly with lower than normal pressure. If you still do not have water at your home or business, call the water department at 573-339-6357.

Continue to conserve water as the city refills tanks and rebuilds water pressure throughout the city. Delay tasks like lawn irrigation and washing the car, and otherwise keep water use to essential functions only.

Disinfected water is now circulating throughout the system after service was restored city-wide. This water still must be boiled and cooled before it is consumed. Staff will be testing the water.

All City of Cape Girardeau water customers should have water except for some in the northern pressure zone as of Wednesday about 6:15 a.m. A water main broke on Monday near Big Bend Road and Bertling Street.

Crews prioritized hospitals overnight Tuesday into Wednesday and they are now pushing water to that northern area, according to Nicollete Brennan, public information manager for the City of Cape.

Water customers are asked to still conserve water so work crews can get water to the northern customers as soon as possible.

Customers are asked to turn off irrigation systems, skip the car wash and stick to essential water usage only.

Crews worked overnight Monday and into Tuesday to isolate the 14″ main buried 7′ underground. The water main has been repaired and the water plant is running again, partially treated water will be introduced into the system

All city of Cape Girardeau water customers will remain under a boil advisory or order all week.

Everyone should have water service now, according to the city of Cape. Water pressure might be a little lower than normal in some areas. Those who still have no water service are asked to call the Cape Girardeau Water Department to report the issue at 573-339-6357.

Cape Girardeau Fire Department handed out one case of water per car until 6 p.m. Tuesday while supplies lasted at Shawnee Park Center and Osage Centre.

The City of Jackson connected its water system to Cape Girardeau’s water system Monday night through a mutual aid agreement. Jackson residents are asked to make every effort to conserve water so water pressure can be maintained in the system.

The cooperative action will allow to continue to assist the neighbor city in delivery of adequate water to its customers, particularly for critical services.

All should continue to conserve tap water, use bottled water, and continue to boil and cool tap water before consumption.

Crews worked overnight and into Tuesday to isolate the 14″ main buried 7′ underground.

The boil advisory will remain in effect even after pressure is restored until the water can be tested and verified safe.

The City of Cape Girardeau and the Fire Department handed out one case of water per car for citizens of Cape Girardeau.at the Shawnee Park Center and Osage Centre from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, October 4.

Additional pallets of water are on the way to help Cape Girardeau residents who are currently under a boil water order. The SEMO Food Bank responded with 14 pallets of water to those affected by the order. The St. Louis Area Foodbank also helped with a semi-truck full of water to be delivered Wednesday to the city.

The City of Cape Girardeau held a news conference Tuesday afternoon about the water efforts. Watch below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – All City of Cape Girardeau water customers should have water except for some in the northern pressure zone as of Wednesday about 6:15 a.m. A water main broke on Monday near Big Bend Road and Bertling Street.

Crews prioritized hospitals overnight Tuesday into Wednesday and they are now pushing water to that northern area, according to Nicollete Brennan, public information manager for the City of Cape.

Water customers are asked to still conserve water so work crews can get water to the northern customers as soon as possible.

Customers are asked to turn off irrigation systems, skip the car wash and stick to essential water usage only.

Crews worked overnight Monday and into Tuesday to isolate the 14″ main buried 7′ underground. The water main has been repaired and the water plant is running again, partially treated water will be introduced into the system

All city of Cape Girardeau water customers will remain under a boil advisory or order all week.

Everyone should have water service now, according to the city of Cape. Water pressure might be a little lower than normal in some areas. Those who still have no water service are asked to call the Cape Girardeau Water Department to report the issue at 573-339-6357.

Customers should limit water usage to essential needs, and use bottled water or water that’s been boiled and cooled for drinking, food preparation, and handwashing.

City leaders hope to restore verified-clean water by the weekend but encourage all customers to prepare for a longer water advisory.

The water must be boiled and cooled before it is consumed. The partially treated water is important to pressurize the system to restore some water service to residents and agencies who have gone without. Even when the water comes back for everyone, the entire city will remain under a boil advisory or order for at least two more days while the water is tested and verified safe.

Cape Girardeau Fire Department is handing out one case of water per car until 6 p.m. Tuesday while supplies last at Shawnee Park Center and Osage Centre.

Everyone is asked to use less tap water and to boils and cool water before consumption this week.

The City of Jackson connected its water system to Cape Girardeau’s water system Monday night through a mutual aid agreement. Jackson residents are asked to make every effort to conserve water so water pressure can be maintained in the system.

The cooperative action will allow to continue to assist the neighbor city in delivery of adequate water to its customers, particularly for critical services.

All should continue to conserve tap water, use bottled water, and continue to boil and cool tap water before consumption.

Crews worked overnight and into Tuesday to isolate the 14″ main buried 7′ underground.

The boil advisory will remain in effect even after pressure is restored until the water can be tested and verified safe.

The City of Cape Girardeau and the Fire Department will be at Shawnee Park Center and Osage Centre from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, October 4, handing out one case of water per car for citizens of Cape Girardeau. This is a drive through event while supplies last.

Additional pallets of water are on the way to help Cape Girardeau residents who are currently under a boil water order. The SEMO Food Bank responded with 14 pallets of water to those affected by the order. The St. Louis Area Foodbank also helped with a semi-truck full of water that will be delivered Wednesday to the city.

The City of Cape Girardeau held a news conference Tuesday afternoon about the water efforts. Watch below.

Tap here to view a map of the boil advisory zone.

A boil water advisory is issued in an abundance of caution, according to the city of Cape Girardeau. This means there is no known problem with the water, but the low pressure means a problem could develop.

All customers on the City of Cape Girardeau water system should limit water usage. All customers should use bottled water or tap water that has been boiled and cooled before consumption.

Cape Girardeau Public Schools was closed on Tuesday, October 4 because of the boil water advisory.

The city will use the current notification systems should an actual water problem be detected and a boil order is issued. To register your email or cell phone number, visit cityofcape.org/urgentalert. If you are already registered and did not receive an alert, contact the city to verify your information at cityofcape.org/report.

Link is the City of Cape Girardeau alert page for tips on what to do in a boil water alert. Current Alert – City of Cape Girardeau 

Water Conservation Tips During a Boil Advisory

Water from your tap should not be used for drinking, brushing your teeth, cooking or washing fruits and vegetables, making ice cubes, etc. You should use bottled water for those activities, or water that has been boiled 3-5 minutes then cooled.

Bathroom

  • Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
  • Take short showers instead of baths. Turn on the water only to get wet and lather and then again to rinse off.
  • Don’t use water straight from the tap for brushing your teeth.

Laundry

  • Delay if possible, but you can use your household water for laundry during a boil advisory or order. Operate clothes washers only when they are fully loaded or set the water level for the size of your load.

Kitchen

  • Use bottled water or water that has been boiled for 3-5 minutes to wash and rinse dishes. Home dishwashers cannot be assured to completely kill organisms that may be in the water.
  • Water from your tap should not be used for drinking or food preparation unless it has been boiled and cooled first.
  • Avoid using running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or use the defrost setting on your microwave.

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