BREAKING NEWS: Areas of Big Rapids under boil water advisory

Residents advised to boil water before consumption

As a result of a loss of pressure in areas of the Big Rapids water supply, parts of the city are under a boil water advisory issued Tuesday, Dec. 4.

According to a press release by Mecosta County Emergency Management, the loss of pressure creates a higher probability of bacterial contamination in the water.

The press release said the boil water advisory affects parts of the city north of Woodward Ave., north of Chestnut St. and north and east of Cypress St. A university-wide notice stated that the advisory also affects areas on campus, such as the Prakken Building, Alumni Building and West Building.

According to the press release, residents of these areas are advised to not consume the water without first boiling it to kill any bacteria or other organisms present. To do this, bring the water to a boil, let it boil for one minute and let it cool.

The press release said water should be boiled prior to drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation. Use of bottled water is also recommended. Drinking fountains in the Prakken, Alumni and West Buildings should not be used.

It is unknown when the advisory will be lifted, but it is anticipated that the issue will be resolved within 48 hours. However, residents should continue to boil their water until they have been notified otherwise.