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Water boil advisory in Petersburg will last through Wednesday


Water has been fully restored in Petersburg but people living in the Southeast section of the city will feel the effects through Wednesday. People must boil their drinking water until 5:00p.m.

A major water main break had left thousands without water for nearly two days and residents and business owners say, they've felt the effects.

NBC12 went to A+ Laundry in Petersburg where manager James Thomas approaches laundering as he did being a soldier in the U.S. Army: with a military-like diligence.

But Monday morning, the massive water main break threw a wrench in his schedule.

"Initially the water was supposed to have been turned off Sunday night at 8 O'Clock," said Thomas. "That didn't occur. The water was cut off Monday!"

He says, customers were left with half-washed and fully wet clothing and that A+ Laundry lost nearly $2,000 over the course of two days.

According to the Department of Public Works and Utilities, a small water main break was scheduled to be fixed Sunday night. Instead, the valve broke and turned the small fix into a big problem.

Equipment was driven in from New Jersey and North Carolina and finally, at 5:00p.m. Tuesday, the water was turned back on.

Officials say, it doesn't appear that the water has been contaminated but they are sending samples to the Appomattox Water Authority for testing.

For now, folks are urged to boil their drinking water until 5:00p.m. Wednesday and Petersburg officials say, it might take a little while for the water pressure to be fully restored.

If your water has some discoloration, just run the cold water until the water is clear again.

Also, NBC12 received some concerned phone calls about the lack of water at Southside Regional. Officials there tell us, the toilets in patients' rooms had to be manually flushed. Also, surgical equipment had to be hand washed before it was run through a sterilizing machine. However, at no time have lives been in danger.

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