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City of Grimes lifts boil order

Only one area, the North Point Townhomes, remains under the boil order as the city awaits bacterial test results. Residents have been notified.

GRIMES, Iowa — EDITOR'S NOTE: The above video originally aired before the boil order was lifted. 

The city of Grimes has lifted its boil order as of 11:45 a.m. Thursday, according to the city's Facebook post.

The boil order first came down around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, and it impacted NE 6th St North to NE 17th Ct in northeast Grimes. 

Only one area, North Point Townhomes, remains under the boil order. The city claims bacterial test results for the townhomes will take longer to process and may not be available until Friday. Residents have been notified. 

The water main break happened during construction. The city first predicted the order would be lifted by late Wednesday afternoon, but it remained in effect until midday Thursday.

That was due to pending bacterial test results. 

"These are important results to make sure the water is safe. We apologize that this is taking longer than it was initially posted and understand that this is frustrating and a big inconvenience," the updated Facebook post read in part. 

Boil orders often include water you'd use for "preparing food, drinks, or ice; dishwashing; and hygiene, such as brushing teeth and bathing," according to the CDC. The city urges residents to boil water for at least two minutes and cool before using, or opt for bottled water, if possible. 

Here are some other things to keep in mind during a boil order: 

  • Do not consume water from any appliance connected to a water line, like ice and water from a refrigerator. Running the laundry is fine. 
  • If possible, breastfeeding is the best infant feeding option. If you formula feed your baby, ready-to-use formula is your safest bet.
  • Washing your hands is fine and adults are likely safe to bathe, but make sure not to swallow any water in the process.

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