Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

February 27, 2014

Pleasantville hopes to lift order in the morning

Steve Woodhouse
Journal-Express

Pleasantville — Following the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' protocol, the City of Pleasantville is expecting results of a test of its water in the morning, to determine whether or not the boil order can be lifted. 

Pleasantville City Manager Joe Mrstik said that the water main break, which temporarily cut off all water access Wednesday, was on DeWitt Street. It was an old line with no shut off valve, large enough to necessitate shutting down the water service entirely. 

With the water shut off, sentiment rose, as did the chance of bacterial infiltration into the water supply. The waters customers were receiving at first was cloudy. 

The DNR requires the City to submit a sample in these situations, to test for contaminants. City officials chose to wait to submit a water sample until Thursday morning, when the water became more clear. The DNR requires a 24-hour waiting period before lifting a boil order. Mrstik expects the results to be received after 7:30 Friday morning. He hopes the results will allow him to lift the order soon after. 

As a precaution, Pleasantville Schools will start two hours late on Friday (Feb. 28). The boil order has affected food services establishments in town, which would include the school. A representative from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals was in town to speak with these business owners. 

Mrstik wanted to extend his appreciation to the school district for helping to spread the word of the issue yesterday. He also wanted to thank Cory Frank with Marion County Environmental Health for his assistance. 

We'll keep you posted on any further developments regarding the boil order.