Ostrander Still Under Boil Water Advisory

January 02, 2018 07:47 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- Ostrander residents are still under boil water advisory after the main water line froze.

Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase said even though the pump is unthawed, residents are still not in the clear and are advised to boil any water they're consuming for safety.


Calls started coming in Monday afternoon of Ostrander residents being out of water. 

"Took a look. Sure enough the pumps not running," said Ostrander Mayor, Pat Nesler.

Nesler said the heater at the main well head stopped working and the busy work began of trying to unthaw the pump.

"I don’t know how big the line is. Six inches or four inches, but it's a lot of ice and it had been at least a day before the pump had pumped," said Nesler.

He went on to say, "We have the nursing home in town. We didn't want them to have them without water too long. So after I’d say six hours we decided to call the state and get the okay to start the other well."

Ostrander Care and Rehab tells ABC 6 News they’ve been using culligan water for drinking and cooking.

Nesler is unsure exactly how long it’s been since the backup pump was used, but says it has been years since it was disconnected.

"It came in to question as to the quality of the water, whether or not it was safe," Sheriff Kaase.

Kaase said Tuesday morning the main pump was back up and running and tests for bacteria in the water are being done.

"If it's going to come out of the tap that water source, they will have to boil it until notified by the city and or us," said Kaase.

Nesler said the state will give the city an all clear sometime within the next 24 hours. The city will be drilling a new well and putting up a new pump house in the future.


Marissa Collins

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