LINO LAKES, Minn. (WCCO) — The city of Lino Lakes is advising its residents to avoid the water system until further notice.

According to a post on the city’s website, a “do not drink the water” advisory has been issued for the Lino Lakes water system. Officials say the water system pressure dropped to a point, where harmful bacteria had the potential of entering the local system.

In an updated release, the city said they are working with the Minnesota Department of Health and Anoka County Environmental Services to verify the “drinkability” of the water supply.

The city says this is only a precautionary measure.

“We don’t have any indication at this time that there is any problems with the (water) system, but until we can get the confirmatory tests, we’re going to keep the ‘Do Not Drink the Water’ advisory out,” said Public Safety Director for Lino Lakes John Swenson.

Residents have been directed to avoid drinking the water and to seek an alternative source until testing results are in compliance with the state and federal drinking water standards. The water can be used for washing clothes and bathing.

“We are very confident that the test results will come back very soon that will confirm the water is safe in Lino Lakes, but until we get that confirmation, we’re taking extra steps to be very cautious,” Swenson said.

The advisory only affects residents using the city water — no private wells are included.


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