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Akeley water possibly contaminated

Akeley residents are being told, "Do not drink your water. The city of Akeley water is possibly contaminated."

A bolt on the lock at the water tower was broken sometime Monday night and until tests are completed by the Minnesota Department of Health, residents are advised water should be used only for flushing toilets or watering lawns.

The problem is expected to be resolved within 48 hours.

"An unknown substance may be in the drinking water supplied by the city due to a recent break-in," the announcement being distributed throughout the city states.

"Do not use tap water, only bottled water. Bottled water should be used for all drinking water, brushing teeth, washing dishes, making ice and food preparation until further notice," the announcement states.

"Do not try to treat the water yourself," residents are advised. "Boiling, freezing, filtering, adding chlorine or other disinfectants, or letting water stand will not make the water safe."

Akeley residents are advised to contact the city hall at 652-2465 for more information.