URGENT = Ames Water Supply Information


The city of Ames (http://www.cityofames.org/) has issued a press release regarding the Ames water supply. This directly impacts all on-campus residents.

Ames Water Plant Shuts Down Water Supply

AMES, Iowa - A large water main break late this morning under Squaw Creek drained a City water tower, which dropped the distribution system pressure to a dangerous level. Due to the possibility of contamination, the Ames Water Plant has shut down water supply to the distribution system community-wide effective 2:30 p.m.

As of 2:30 p.m., any water still accessible at Ames homes or business should be considered as potentially contaminated. Any water used for consumption must be boiled.

A limited amount of water will be available after the shutdown.

Water pressure may be restored this evening pending the repair of the water main. The repair could take as long as 24 hours. The water boil order could continue for much longer.

When preparing water for consumption (drinking or cooking), please heat water to a rolling boil and allow to boil for a full two minutes.

As updates are available, information will be sent to you via e-mail and posted on the Iowa State (http://www.iastate.edu/) and DOR (http://housing.iastate.edu/) websites.