School is canceled in Litchfield because of a water issue

The city is under a boil water advisory.

Schools are closed in Litchfield on Monday because the city is under a boil water advisory. 

The city issued the boil water advisory for the nearly 7,000 people who live in the city after it experienced a "loss in pressure" late Sunday evening (this is one of many incidents that can trigger a boil water advisory). 

This advisory means people shouldn't drink water without first boiling it for 3 minutes and then letting it cool, the city says. 

People should do this for all water that's used for drinking, brushing your teeth, washing dishes, and preparing food until the city lifts the order, the Minnesota Department of Health's website says

Boiling the water will kill bacteria and other organisms that may be in the water. 

The city is currently testing the water for any bacteria, and will let people know when the advisory has been lifted.

For more information on drinking water in Minnesota, click here

Next Up


Shoreview cancels Turtleman Triathlon because of low water levels

Race officials scrapped the popular race this year because of low water on Turtle Lake. The water level in 2010 forced competitors to wade through mud during the swimming portion of the race, and organizers say the event can't risk another blow to its reputation. They changed it to a duathlon in 2011 but participation plunged.

West St. Paul lifts drinking water ban

The advisory warning residents of West St. Paul against drinking tap water from the city system was lifted Wednesday after tests revealed no harmful bacteria in the system. The advisory was issued Tuesday after a power outage caused by early-morning storms dropped pressure to a level low enough to allow the intrusion of bacteria.

E. Coli bacteria detected in Foley water

Foley residents are being instructed to boil all water before using it after E. coli was detected in the city's water supply. The city says the contamination may be due to a failure to chlorinate properly, and officials await updated test results from the Department of Health.