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The Mills County city of Malvern has been placed under a bottled water advisory.

Effective immediately, Malvern residents should start drinking bottled water rather than the city-provided tap water because of high nitrate levels.

One of the city's wells has failed, and the remaining functioning well is operating at a high nitrate level.

Water is not safe for cooking or drinking but should be acceptable for other household tasks.

Boiling only intensifies the nitrates in the water, so it is not safe for drinking water.

This high level of nitrate specifically presents significant concern for infants. The advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

Those seeking additional information should call 712-624-8282.

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