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Mandatory boil order issued for Prairie County community

A mandatory boil order has been issued for the community of Biscoe and customers south of I-40 who are served by the East Prairie County Water Association. (MGN) 

A mandatory boil order has been issued for the community of Biscoe and customers south of I-40 who are served by the East Prairie County Water Association.

The Arkansas Department of Health says the water system serving the Biscoe/Fredonia area may have experienced a cross connection with the sewer system due to a construction incident.

ADH says they are onsite to assist with utilities and confirm the details of the incident.

ADH has instructed the utility to disconnect the pipes that may have been in question, issue a boil order, and flush the entire water system.

All customers are advised that the water is not safe for consumption and must be boiled briskly for one minute prior to use. In addition, all ice cubes should be discarded and boiled water used for making ice.

Customers should observe the boil order until further notice from ADH.

The boil order will be lifted when bacteriological samples show the water to be free of any contamination and adequately disinfected.

If anyone feels ill they are encouraged to their healthcare provider and let them know they live in one of the Prairie County communities affected.

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