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Madison Water Supply Still Contaminated

January 16, 2014, 6:09 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Madison Water Supply Still Contaminated

Crews in Madison are braving the storm today, to restore water to the town.

After a roof collapse over the city's well on Wednesday night, the mayor has been advising residents to not drink water from the tap, and it could be a while before people are given the go-ahead.

Many people are busy boiling water in Madison today. Crews have been working through the storm, to bring water back to residents.

Mayor Roy Lindsay says while the conditions aren't great, it could have been a lot worse.

"It isn't something that anybody would have spotted if they hadn't been here. So we're really glad that it happened when it did, because we had people here right then," said Lindsay. 

Concrete, metal and dirt fell into the underground well during the collapse.

Melody Lentsch is home with her kids today, and says even doing the dishes is a long process.

"I have a big pot and I boil the water, and then I have to boil some more so I have rinse water. And I put Hilex in that," said Lentsch. 

Lindsay says water samples were collected across town today, and will be sent to Sioux Falls for testing.

"The bacteria test takes 24 hours, so I'm hoping by supper time Friday night, we will have an answer that water in Madison is now drinkable," said Lindsay. 

Lindsay says the well is over 60 years old, and it was going to be replaced anyway.

They will now use the water treatment plant to house the water and send it directly to the water tower.

"No strain on the system because the system is capable of handling more than what the tower uses. It's just going to change what the staff does, until the new tank is up and running," said Lindsay.

Lentsch says she and her family are getting by just fine. But it has made them more appreciative.

"Without it we really miss it. So hopefully soon the men will get it taken care of, and I just commend them for being out in this weather and the time they've spent," said Lentsch.

Mayor Lindsay says water is now available for cleaning and cooking. But any drinking water must be boiled first.

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