The The Arkansas Department of Health on Monday confirmed boil orders for some customers of the Van Buren County Water Association.
The orders were issued by the association’s Max Gammill for the service connections on Highway 16, including the Nogo area and from the junction of Highways 16 and 27 to junctions Queens Simmons Road on Highway 254, and for the service connections on Highway 95 from the Scotland tank past the junction of Highway 389 and extending to the Van Buren-Conway County line and all side roads.
The orders were issued as a precautionary measure because of the possibility that contaminated waters may have entered the distribution system as a result of partial loss in normal system pressure, according to the Health Department.
Under the boil water order, all affected customers should be advised that the water may be unsafe for human consumption and water used for drinking or food preparation must be boiled briskly for one minute prior to use. All ice cubes should be discarded and only boiled water used for making ice, the Health Department said.
The boil water notice will remain in effect, the department said, until the problem has been corrected, an adequate disinfectant level is established and a bacteriological survey shows the water is safe to drink.