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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 25, 2013

City of Maryville under boil advisory; Northwest taking steps to assist students, employees

Updated Feb. 27, 2013

Feb. 27 update: The citywide boil advisory, which included the Northwest campus and was issued Monday night has now been lifted. Northwest Facility Services is flushing the system campuswide and water will be safe for consumption this evening. According to a city of Maryville press release, a total of 10 bacteria samples were taken and lab results report they were bacteria free.

The following is the statement issued Tuesday, Feb. 26, from the city of Maryville:

“The City of Maryville issued a boil advisory last night as a precautionary measure against contamination reaching the water system via back-syphoning. The northern and southwestern edges of town lost pressure for a brief period of time. System pressure was restored late last night and anyone experiencing low pressure should call the water plant at 562-3713. Nodaway Rural Water did not issue an advisory as they did not have severe pressure loss. The City takes the health and well-being of its citizens very seriously and that is why the boil advisory was issued. We feel the water is safe to drink, but cannot guarantee it without proper testing. Bacteria tests are being taken Tuesday morning and will be driven to a local lab in St. Joseph for analysis. Results can be expected Wednesday afternoon, possibly Thursday morning, and after such time, the boil advisory will be lifted.”

As stated previously, regular shower usage may continue, and standard hand-washing procedures with tap water should be used with a germicidal soap or hand cleanser. Consumption of the water supply is discouraged, and water should be boiled before drinking or brushing teeth (or use bottled water).

Northwest is providing two bottles of water per student, per day, to students living on campus. Bottles are being distributed at the front desks of residence halls. Students should bring their Bearcat Card for identification.

In addition, all students and employees may bring water bottles to be filled at Culligan water stations located at:

Northwest employees and off-campus students are encouraged to bring their own bottled water from home.

Food service is available, but with limited options, and all water fountains on campus are covered.

Other guidelines to remember:

Northwest will provide additional information as needed and alert students and employees when the boil advisory is lifted.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468