**UPDATE - Tuesday, July 27, 2021** According to an update from the city of Kooskia, the Boil Water Advisory has been LIFTED.
**UPDATE - Monday, July 26, 2021** The city of Kooskia remains under a Boil Water Advisory until further notice. Bring all water to a boil. Let it boil for one minute and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. The city had originally hoped to have the problem resolved Monday.
KOOSKIA - A Boil Water Advisory for the city of Kooskia remains in place until further notice due to loss of pressure. DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST.
On Thursday, July 22, the city of Kooskia declared a Local Disaster Emergency due to an unforeseen issue that caused significant damage to the city water main. This resulted in a drop in water pressure below 20 psi, which creates conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through backflow, by backpressure, or back-siphonage. As a result, there is an increased chance that the drinking water may contain disease-causing organisms.
What Should I do?
DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil. Let it boil for one minute and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
You may continue to use your water to wash your hands using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Please also use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
The symptoms listed above are caused by many types of organisms. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advise. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care provider.
What is being done?
The water line has been repaired. The lines are being de-pressurized and the boil order advisory will remain in effect in case any bacteria entered the system and will be in effect until a clear sample is received.
The city of Kooskia will inform residents when it is safe to no longer boil water. The city anticipates having the problem resolved by Monday, July 26 once they receive water test results.