Due to flooding, beginning Monday, June 24, 2024 the area in South Spencer that is South of the River to Highway 18/11th Street SW-SE between 10th Ave SE and 11th Ave SW has been placed on a Drinking Water Advisory due to no water pressure due to the potential chance of bacterial contamination. Once samples are verified to be bacteriologically safe, those customers will be re-notified when the advisory is lifted.

All SMU water customers who are not in the advisory area do not need to be concerned with the safety of the water despite the possible discoloration. Due to additional flushing during the process, discoloration may occur for some customers.

Here is a copy of the advisory with the list of addresses included:



South of the River to Highway 18/11th Street SW-SE between 10th Ave SE and 11th Ave SW

At this time, Spencer Municipal Utilities Public Water Supply is recommending to boil the water before using for drinking or to use an alternative source. Due to the potential for bacterial contamination when the water was shut off for a period of time, it is being recommended that the water be boiled before using for drinking or cooking, or that an alternative source be used.


Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, and food preparation (including washing dishes) until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. The water may be used for bathing and similar purposes. If the water is discolored, use an alternative source such as bottled water. For more information, please contact us at:
Spencer Municipal Utilities, Daren Baxter, Operator in Charge
520 2nd Avenue East, Suite 1, Spencer, IA 51301
p: 712.580.5800, f: 712.580.5336, e: contact form on our website: www.smunet.net

General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

When water service is restored, there may be air in your water piping and the water may be discolored. It is recommended to run the first water from a faucet that does not have an aerator screen, such as a bathtub or outside faucet. Open the faucet slowly to allow the air to escape. Once the water is flowing, allow the faucet to run until it is clear. The water may be cloudy at first due to air in the water or particles that dislodged as the pipes filled with water. This should clear fairly quickly. If water is cloudy or discolored throughout the house and it does not clear after allowing the water to run for several minutes, use an alternative source such as bottled water and contact the person listed above.

Once the system is repaired, repressurized, and bacteria samples will be collected. This advisory is a precaution until bacterial samples are available and indicate no bacterial contamination. You will be notified when the results are available and the advisory is cancelled.

SMU is working with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to resolve the situation.

This notice is being sent to you by the Spencer Municipal Utilities Public Water Supply.

Date distributed: Monday, June 25, 2024

The boil order advisory area is limited to:

South of the River to Highway 18/11th Street SW-SE between 10th Ave SE and 11th Ave SW