ISLAND PARK — The Island Park Water Company has issued a boil water advisory for the Valley View Subdivision in Island Park, according to a news release from the company.
The company became aware of a total-loss-of-pressure event in the subdivision in December 2022, according to the advisory. At that time, the water pressure dropped below 20 psi. This could have been caused by a possible frozen line or a leak.
The Department of Environmental Quality representative Kelsey Carter, this is the same issue that prompted a boil water advisory in the Aspen Ridge subdivision.
A drop or loss of water pressure can create conditions that allow contamination to enter the water distribution system.
“As a result, there is an increased chance the drinking water may contain disease‐causing organisms,” according to the advisory.
Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
The company recommends that residents bring all water to a boil for at least one minute or use bottled water.
“Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until further notice,” the advisory stated
Once weather permits, the water company said they will inspect the well and main lines. Any issues they find will be repaired, and they will take water samples for testing.
Although Island Park Water Company claimed in the advisory that they would have repairs completed within 12 weeks, Carter said that may be an optimistic goal. Regardless, the company has until June 30 to fix the system, she said.
Until then, residents of Valley View and Aspen Ridge subdivisions are encouraged to continue boiling their water until the DEQ can ensure it is safe.
“DEQ will not be lifting the boil advisory until the water pressure is restored to at least 40 psi,” Carter said, adding, “And we need to deem the water safe to drink,”
For more information, contact the Island Park Water Company at (208) 521-2369 or email@example.com