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Malta residents ordered to boil water

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 6:21 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 11:45 a.m. CDT

MALTA – Village officials on Tuesday ordered all users of Malta’s water system to boil all water before consuming it.

In a recorded phone message on phones at Malta Village Hall, residents were advised to boil any water taken from the public water system for at least five minutes before consuming it.

“It will take approximately 48 hours for us to get a water sample back that will meet the quality in order for you to stop boiling water,” the message said. “We expect to be able to lift the boil order sometime on Thursday, Jan. 9.”

The boil order applies to any use of water for eating or drinking purposes, such as brushing teeth or washing food. Water can be stored in closed containers after boiling for later use.

Malta village officials could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.

District 428 Superintendent James Briscoe said class would be in session at Malta Elementary School, although there would be precautions taken.

Water fountains at the school will be shut off, and the school food service provider will be notified so it can plan accordingly. Parents also will be alerted that they can send their children to school with drinking water, Briscoe said.

“We’re going to bring in cases of water for the kids, too,” Briscoe said.

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