Seward Water System Concerns

Seward Water System Concerns

August 21, 2017

On August 20, 2017, the City of Seward Public Water System experienced a water main break and has told residents of Seward not to drink the water until further notice. A question that has come up is “What happens if I drank or cooked with the water? What should I know?”

Because of the water main break, the water may contain unsafe levels of bacteria (germs) or nitrates. Drinking the water could result in a range of health effects: from no health effects to mild or even serious illness. If you think you drank, cooked with unsafe water, here are some signs and symptoms you may want to watch for:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal (stomach) cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

These symptoms can take 24 to 48 hours to develop, so you might not get sick for a day or two after drinking bad water. If you feel like you have any of these signs or symptoms, contact your doctor.

Another possible concern about the water in Seward is the nitrate level. Nitrates can interfere with the blood’s ability to carry oxygen throughout the body. If you or your children have the following symptoms, call 911 immediately:

  • Bluish coloring of the skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Other symptoms may include headache, extreme tiredness, or a lack of energy.

The City of Seward will continue to give updates on the water situation and when the water is once again safe to drink. If you have any other questions about the safety of the water, you can also call the Four Corners Health Department at (402) 362-2621 or toll free (877) 337-3573.

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