UPDATE: The boil advisory will be lifted at 1:15pm Thursday afternoon. Water Works officials say the water wasn't contaminated during the water main break. Water tests have come back negative for bacteria.
COUNCIL BLUFFS (KPTM)- Council Bluffs should know around noon Thursday if the city-wide boil advisory will have to go on for another day. People are being asked to boil water before consuming it until the advisory is lifted.
The advisory was put in to place Wednesday morning following a water main break in a neighborhood near 9th Street and Avenue E.
Some homes in the area were flooded after 3 million gallons of water was lost within an hour. This caused a drop in water pressure. Officials say bacteria could have gotten into the water but that the risk is very low.
Water Works employees collected water samples from different parts of the city Wednesday.
They have to be incubated for 24 hours. If the samples are clean Thursday afternoon they should be an amber color. If samples are contaminated they will be a purple color.
People like Rita Benson are following the boil order. She boiled pots of water on Wednesday.
"I got up and my dogs needed water, so I boiled it for them when I heard about it on the news."
Benson suffers from arthritis and MS, so it's a lot harder for her to haul pots of water from her sink to her stove.
"Just lifting it and getting it into a container, it's harder on me than it would be for someone else."
But she wants to be safe rather than having to worry. "I'm not going to take any chances with myself or my animals." So she'll keep boiling water until the city says it's safe not to.
"It really does make you appreciate it, a lot."
If you have questions about the boil order you're asked to call 712-328-4672.