DuBois, PA – Parts of DuBois are being warned to boil their water before using it due to a possible microbial contamination.

Orient Avenue, Green Glen Drive, and North Court in DuBois may be at increased risk from microbial contamination.

Today, the City of DuBois experienced a loss of water pressure due to a water line break.

A loss of positive water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through back-flow by back-pressure or back-siphonage. As a result, there is an increased chance that the water may contain disease-causing organisms.

If you live in this section of DuBois, DO NOT drink the water without boiling it first.

Bring all water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minutes, and let it cool before using. You can also use bottled water.

You should use boiled water or bottled water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice.

Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.

These symptoms, however, are not caused only by organisms in drinking water but also by other factors. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.

Guardians of infants and young children and people at increased risk, such as pregnant women, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems, should seek advice from their healthcare advisors about drinking this water. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

This is a precautionary boil water advisory for the repair of a water line break. This does not mean that contamination has occurred. Rather, this is a notification that contamination may be possible due to the repair work.

The City of DuBois will notify residents when the advisory is lifted.