The entire community of Cedar Falls is urged to please try to not use any water with the exception of drinking it. The problem is that much of the City “appears to have returned to normal”; however, this is not the case for the City’s sewage treatment plant.
Please limit use of any water that “goes down the drain”. For example, this means do not do laundry, do not run the dishwasher, do not run bath water, and take extremely short showers to name a few ways people can cut down on their water usage.
A great deal of strategy and common sense helped the City avoid catastrophe at the initial stages of this flood event due to the efforts of the volunteers. Now it is critical that the entire community assist with this continued effort to prevent further catastrophe. The City’s sewage treatment plant is running at less than full capacity and it is over stressed with the floodwaters. If more lift stages fail, homes in other parts of the City that were not directly affected by the flood will experience sewage back up in their basements.
City water is safe to drink. People with sand pit wells must not drink the water until it has been tested. Please contact the Black Hawk County Health Department at 291-2413 for testing details.
Emergency Operations Center
6/13/08 6:00 p.m.