The city of Brookings has issued a health warning about drinking water at Salmon Run golf course and advises boiling to purify it.

The city routinely monitors the water for safety. This tells city officials whether the city is effectively filtering the water supply and providing adequate disinfection.

Upon inspection of the treatment system, city officials said they became aware of a failure in the disinfection control panel. Because the control panel failed, there is an increased chance that the water may contain disease-causing organisms, city officials said.

City officials advise people using tap water at Salmon Run to boil it 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, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice.

Disinfection kills disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses and parasites, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea and associated headaches. People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk, city officials said. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.

City officials said the symptoms are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. Anyone who experiences any symptoms and they persist may want to seek medical advice.

The city will inform the public when the equipment is repaired, samples results are received, and when it is no longer necessary to boil the water.