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More cities released from drinking water warning

The cities of Afton, Lenox and Diagonal were all released from the drinking water warning affecting southwest Iowa 1:45 p.m. Monday.

In total, four cities, including Creston, have been released from the drinking water warning.

Southern Iowa Rural Water Association and City of Creston Water Works first announced the drinking water warning on Thursday, May 31. The warning went into effect 8 a.m. Friday, June 1.

“SIRWA and the other water utilities will be working around the clock until all of our customers have safe drinking water to their taps again,” SIRWA General Manager Dan McIntosh said in Sunday’s press release.

According to SIRWA’s Sunday press release, water needed to be turned over in 28 water towers as well as more than 2,000 miles of water line in SIRWA’s system in order to get its consecutive cities back online.

That process is made even more difficult by the fact the 12-Mile Water Treatment Plant is not operating at full capacity.

SIRWA customers will receive an automated telephone call telling customers when their specific city or rural area has been released from the drinking water warning.

As cities and rural areas are released from the drinking water warning, SIRWA will add them to the list at, along with the three digit area code that appears as the first three digits of billing account numbers for SIRWA customers.

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