Wendell’s Boiling Advisory


Jerome- On Friday, November 6, Wendell experienced pressure loss with water. This was caused by the loss of pressure in the broken main water. A loss of pressure makes conditions that allow pollution to enter through the placement system. This allowed backflow, backpressure and back-siphonage to go through the pipes. The community of Wendell was told to boil their water before they drank it, made ice, brushed their teeth, washed their dishes and made food until they knew it was okay to do so.  

Backflow happens when water from your own water system goes back into the main water supply from another source. Then, the water in the drinking system may be contaminated, and it will remain in the water line until it is drained. The location of the backflow where it can potentially occur is called a cross connection. A cross connection is an arrangement of pipes that convey potable water from a public water system. Some examples are hoses that are connected to a chemical solution, lawn irrigation systems, water softeners, hose connections to a laundry tub and swimming pools. 

This could cause a serious hazard in any home. Inside of the water, the water contained many disease-causing organisms. The organisms included bacteria, viruses and parasites. The symptoms can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and headaches. If you experience these symptoms after drinking the water, be sure to go and seek medical advice. However, there’s no need to worry about it anymore because the boil advisory has been lifted. 

Wendell had a similar water problem on October 19, 2019. A power outage had caused the well to lose power and lose pressure. The well was powered back on the Monday after the storm and the water went through two days of testing to make sure there were no contaminants in the water. Citizens were asked to test their water and send it in to a lab. The laboratories tested for uranium, gross alpha,  gross beta, and radon. They said you cannot rely on old test results, well water needs to be tested every 5 years. 

Sunday, November 8, two days after the boil advisory, the break was finally repaired. According to KMVT’s website, Wendell’s City Hall said “We anticipate resolving the problem within 96 hours.” Which, they did. The residents of Wendell no longer need to worry about boiling their water anymore. However,  KMVT still wants people who have not received the notice about the boiling advisory,  like people in apartments, schools, businesses and nursing homes. You can help out by going to the KMVT website and posting their notice in a public place, or you could also help out by putting papers out about the advisory notice.