Ostrander Residents Asked to Boil Water After Well Pipes Freeze

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January 01, 2018 08:13 PM

Residents in the southern Minnesota city of Ostrander have been asked to boil water until a heating issue in the town's supply well could be at least partially resolved.

The Fillmore County Sheriff's Office said in a release Monday evening the heater in the water supply's well house failed, causing the pipes to freeze.


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An emergency backup well will come online, according to the release, but that well hasn't been used in "at least a couple of years" and has been disconnected from the water system.

The well operator will flush and test the backup well after it is up and running, and is expected to take bacteria samples as early as Tuesday morning.

In the meantime, residents have been asked to boil all water for consumption until city officials say otherwise. Ostrander's population is 256.


Michael Oakes

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