AMES, Iowa — Some residents of Ames are under a boil order.
The city says crews working on a new water treatment plant hit a water main Monday afternoon. It’s one of the city’s three major mains.
Residents in the affected area are experiencing rusty water, gurgling sounds, and air in the pipes.
The boil order means water must be boiled for at least one minute then allowed to cool before human consumption. Boiling the water will kill bacteria and organisms in the liquid.
The city will conduct testing to make sure the water is safe before lifting the boil order, but expects to do that by Tuesday night.
The affected areas are:
North of Union Pacific Railroad tracks west of Dayton Avenue and East Lincoln Way East of Dayton Avenue as the south boundary, east of Maxwell Avenue, North to 16th Street on the West side of the Skunk River and North to Eagles Loft Day Care East of the Skunk River, East to the City limits including Barilla.