Another main breaks

DAYTON – A water main break Tuesday evening led to a boil advisory being issued for Dayton.

City crews spent most of Wednesday figuring out where the break was and the best way to repair it.

City Clerk Randy Danielson said the break was near the intersection of South Main Street and First Street Southwest.

“Everybody in town has been impacted by the low pressure,” Danielson said.

The break is in a 6-inch water main, he said.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issued the boil advisory due to the potential for bacteria contamination.

“Residents of Dayton are advised to bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute and let it cool before using, or use bottled water,” a press release from the DNR stated.

Local residents had already been stocking up on water, according to Rob Scott, manager of Dayton Community Grocery.

“We’ve sold out of gallons of bottled water,” Scott said Wednesday afternoon. “We still have 24-packs, and will have more gallons tomorrow.”

He added the grocery store hadn’t seen much of an impact from the low-pressure water.

Local resident Don Howe also hadn’t experienced many problems.

“When I first got up, there was low water pressure,” he said. “But we haven’t been too bothered by it.”

Danielson said he didn’t know when the water main would be fixed.

“They’re still working on it,” he said Wednesday afternoon. “I haven’t heard anything about when it will be done.”

Dayton is just the latest area town to experience a water main break. The water system in Lehigh was shut down for 45 minutes following a water line break on Feb. 27. That same day, Fonda was placed under a boil advisory after a water main break caused the city to lose water pressure.

There were also two water line leaks in Callender over the past month, and Manson experienced three breaks on Feb. 13.