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Carter Lake water may be contaminated, says city

Do not drink until further notice
Posted at 11:38 AM, Feb 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 13:24:02-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Carter Lake is advising the use of bottled water due to "bacterial contamination" concerns.

The city says a problem occurred with its water distribution system Thursday night and manganese levels may be above the health advisory level. Manganese in drinking water can pose serious health concerns.

The water may still be used for bathing but should not be used for "drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice." Boiling, freezing and filtering will not reduce manganese levels and boiling can in fact concentrate its levels.

When water service is restored, the city advises residents to take the following steps when turning on their faucets and taps:

There may be air in your water piping and the water may be discolored. It is recommended to run the first water from a faucet that does not have an aerator screen, such as a bathtub or hose bib. Open the faucet slowly to allow the air to escape. Once the water is flowing, allow the faucet to run until it is clear. The water may be cloudy at first due to air in the water or particles that dislodged as the pipes filled with water. This should clear fairly quickly. If water is cloudy throughout the house and it does not clear after allowing the water to run for several minutes, contact Johnathan McDonald, Water Operator at 402-669-8373.

Residents will be notified when the water is safe to drink again.

The city's Facebook page says it expects to lift the advisory on Saturday after the results come back.