PLYMOUTH, Iowa - Residents in Plymouth will need to continue boiling their water after a problem with the well pump last week.
The problem was discovered last Friday, when a power surge cut out an electrical phase on the water pump, shutting it off for a few minutes. This caused a loss of water pressure, which could allow bacterial contamination.
Mayor Cecil Kuhlers says residents will have to take precautions a bit longer because of some maintenance inside and outside the water tank.
"We didn't realize until today that the drying of the coating inside the tank...first of all, it's 3 coats and it takes 7 days to dry before they want us to add water or put water into it and use it, fill the tank."
He adds the advisory is just an inconvenience, but one that residents are heeding.
"As long as we know about it, it's not that big of a deal. It is a bit of a hassle, but if we had to wash clothes or bathe, that would be a whole different story."
Crews remain at work fixing the issue.
Workers still need to let the paint dry inside the water tower tank, and then to test the water for 3 days to make sure it's safe to drink.
Kuhlers says the earliest the advisory could be lifted would be next Tuesday or Wednesday.