New H20 line coming soon

July 11, 2024

Update - 7/12. Water line scheduled to be replaced week of 7/15. ($210,000 + project).

Update - 6/25. Public Works Director Todd Uhl and his team spent considerable time on 6/25 troubleshooting the 10-inch water main that runs along Hwy 18. Unfortunately, we have determined that it is broken under the river and is not repairable. We are working towards a bore that will replace 800 feet of water main. They are in process of ordering materials and gathering a rough cost estimate. We will be working on the permits needed from the IDOT and IDNR. At this point we don’t have a timeline to share but we are moving as quickly as possible.

Eight Sheldon water customers, including NW Iowa Community College’s campus, remain on a boil advisory until further notice, and we are very sorry about this but are doing all we can to get back to normal as soon as possible.

NOTE: This applies ONLY to these 8 properties:

• 450 W Park St - K&J Cycle • 500 W Park St – Sheldon Motel • 510 W Park St – Michael Murphy • 511 W Park St – Kelly Van Voorst • 515 W Park St – Dennis Hoksbergen • 603 W Park St – NCC • 3217 Marsh Ave – Dale Jungers • 612 W Park St - Don Riemersma


The Sheldon Water Department is recommending boiling the water before drinking or to use an alternative source.

The Sheldon Water Supply had a problem in the distribution system and the system lost pressure on 6/22/24. Due to the potential for bacterial contamination, it is being recommended that the water be boiled before using for drinking or cooking or that an alternative source be used.

IT IS RECOMMENDED NOT TO DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. The water may be used for bathing and other similar purposes. If the water is colored, use an alternative source such as bottled water.

For more information, please contact Todd Uhl, Public Works Director at 712-324-4651 or General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800) 426-4791.

When water service is restored, 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 or colored throughout the house and it does not clear after allowing the water to run for several minutes, use an alternative source such as bottled water and contact the person listed above.

A temporary pipeline is being constructed until a permanent repair or replacement can take place. This advisory is a precaution until bacterial sample results are available. You will be notified when the results are available and the advisory is lifted.

The system is working with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to resolve the situation.

This notice is being sent to you by the Sheldon Water Department.

PWSID#: 7170040

Date distributed: 6/23/24

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