Boil water advisory lifted following water main failure

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: December 4, 2019 | 6:38 p.m. 

PRINCE GEORGE – A boil water advisory issued for portions of Prince George County has been lifted after test results found no contaminants in the county’s water following a water main failure.

Sunday, a number of communities, including four schools – N.B. Clements Junior High, Prince George High School, Walton and Beazley Elementary Schools – were asked to boil water before using for cooking and drinking as a precaution after a water main failure in the county’s system, which has been repaired. During that repair, areas of the water system experienced low pressure zones, which, according to county utility officials, could make the system susceptible to contamination.

For several days, residents had to either boil their water or resort to using bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes, with schools covering water fountains to prevent students and staff from utilizing them until such time the notice ended.

Wednesday afternoon, Prince George Utilities Director Frank Haltom confirmed that the boil water notice has been lifted and residents in the affected areas can resume normal consumption-related water usage.

“We are pleased to report that the test results from the lab indicated no contaminants are present in the water and it is safe to drink,” the department said in a statement. “It is no longer necessary for customers to take the recommended precautionary measures. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.”

For more information, contact Jack Reed at jreed@princegeorgecountyva.gov or 804-722-8706.

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By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: December 2, 2019 | 2:12 p.m. 

PRINCE GEORGE – Several communities, including four Prince George County schools are being asked to boil their water before using it for cooking and drinking as a precaution following repairs to a water main in the county.

The notice was posted to Prince George County’s government website Monday morning, advising those living in the following areas to boil their water until further notice: Clements Junior High School, Prince George High School, Beazley Elementary School, Walton Elementary School, Puddledock Road, Temple Avenue, Jefferson Point Apartments, Middle Road, The Meadows Subdivision, Prince George Dr, Birchett Estates, Branchester Lakes, Lee Acres, Rolling Meadows, Commons Drive, Laurel Spring Rd., Courts Dr. (Courthouse area), Tinsley Charter, Baxter Ridge, Commonwealth Acres, U.S. Route 460, South Point Business Park.

While specific details of the water main failure were not revealed on the county’s website, they explained that repairs have been completed and the county is awaiting results from testing of the water system.

The boil water advisory was issued because “areas of the water system experienced low pressure zones, which could make the system susceptible to contamination,” the county explained in their notice.

Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, beverage and food preparation, and making ice until further notice.  Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.  Boiling is the preferred method to assure that the tap water is safe to drink.  Bring all tap water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one (1) minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water.

If you cannot boil your tap water….

  • An alternative method of purification for residents that do not have gas or electricity available is to use liquid household bleach to disinfect water.  The bleach product should be recently purchased, free of additives and scents, and should contain a hypochlorite solution of at least 5.25%.  Public health officials recommend adding 8 drops of bleach to each gallon of water.  The water should be stirred and allowed to stand for at least 30 minutes before use.
  • Water purification tablets may also be used by following the manufacturer’s instructions.

“To address this problem we are flushing, disinfecting and testing the water system. We anticipate resolving the problem within 3 to 5 days,” the county stated, adding they are awaiting the results of water system testing and that they will send a follow-up notice once the boil water advisory is lifted.

For more information, contact Jack Reed at jreed@princegeorgecountyva.gov or 804-722-8706.

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