Do not drink order lifted for Nibley City

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After six days, officials in Nibley City have lifted the “Do-Not-Drink” order and residents may now resume normal use of water from the City’s system.

City manager David Zook said lab tests showed the diesel fuel contamination, detected earlier inside the water system, has been eliminated.

Zook said even after residents flush their home’s water lines they may still notice an odor of diesel fuel though coming from their water.

“That’s part of the reason why we continued to test and why we left the do-not-drink order in place, was because we could still smell it,” said Zook. “Our workers out there could still smell it in the system in places and even though the tests were coming back clean, we felt like there was still enough contamination there that we wanted to flush and clean the system.”

If residents detect this smell or odor they should flush the water pipes in their home again.

Zook also said officials have increased the level chlorine in the water system to prevent the possibility of bacteria contaminating the water.

“So residents may notice a slightly stronger odor of chlorine in the system,” said Zook. “It is within safe limits, it’s within the state limits still but it is a little higher than normal, so they should be aware of that. That’s normal that they’ll smell that.”

“Another thing residents may see, because of all the flushing that has happened in the system, is there may be some sandy-type residue in their pipes that may end up in their sinks or their bath tubs.” Zook said that also normal.

The water ban was issued last Wednesday after a resident reported an odor coming from their water. It was later discovered a farm truck had tipped over near the city’s spring days earlier, leaking diesel fuel into the water. Zook said it appears this was a freak accident but the State Department of Environmental Quality is investigating it further.

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