St. Paul Regional Water Services has issued a boil water advisory for customers in an area straddling the Maplewood-St. Paul border.
A loss of water pressure at the Ferndale storage tank in Maplewood on Sunday afternoon may have allowed contaminants to enter the distribution system, according to an SPRWS news release.
Although there is no evidence of contamination, officials are asking customers in the affected area to use bottled water or boil their tap water for three minutes before using it for drinking, cooking or brushing teeth, the news release said. The recommendation will remain in place for at least the next 24 hours or until the advisory is lifted.
SPRWS staff was conducting tests Sunday night to determine whether any contamination had occurred, which the department’s news release described as unlikely.
“We are dedicated to providing safe water for our customers and are taking this step out of an abundance of caution,” assistant general manager Racquel Vaske said in the SPRWS news release. “Employees have resolved pressure issues and are flushing and sampling to ensure we can confidently lift this advisory as soon as possible.”
The affected area is bounded on the north by Holloway Avenue East between 7th Avenue East and Division Street; on the east by Geneva Avenue/Century Avenue North between Conway Avenue East and Halloway Avenue East; on the south by Conway Avenue East between McKnight Road North and Geneva Avenue North, excluding parts of the 3M campus; and on the west by Ruth Street North between 7th Avenue East and Larpenteur Avenue East, Winthrop Street North between Larpenteur Avenue East and Hoyt Avenue East, Idaho Avenue East between Furness Parkway and Winthrop Street North, and McKnight Road North between Ivy Avenue East and Margaret Street.
More information about the boil advisory can be found at www.stpaul.gov/departments/water.