Boil-water advisory terminated for Prince George tap water

Boil-water advisory issued for Prince George tap water

PRINCE GEORGE, Va. (WWBT) - County officials in Prince George County have terminated the boil-water advisory put in place earlier this week for tap water in the county.

“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. It is no longer necessary for customers to take the recommended precautionary measures", officials with Prince George County stated in a news release Wednesday afternoon.

Frank Haltom, the county’s director of Engineering and Utilities said on Monday that a water main repair over the weekend near the Appomattox River left parts of the system vulnerable to contaminants.

The affected areas are mostly in the north-west part of the county, but also includes four schools: Clements Junior High, Prince George High, Beazley Elementary and Walton Elementary.

“We flushed last night from midnight into the early morning hours and made sure that we had a chlorine residual, and made sure the water is as safe as can be at this point," Haltom said.

A notice was posted on the county’s Facebook page, which was met with some backlash from residents, who say it wasn’t enough. But as of Monday, the Haltom said the county has turned to other means.

“We sent out the robocalls. We also have what’s called Code Red, so we’ll send out the robocalls, those who are registered will also get emails and texts.”

Concerned resident Sarah Williams, who has a child at Walton Elementary, says she did get a call but still thinks the county should step up.

“I also called this morning to see if they’re also going to give us bottled water, because if we’re paying our utility bills, at least they could provide us bottled water.”

She adds that even though the boiling is only a precaution, she’s worried for others who may not be on social media.

“If they don’t watch the news in the morning, they hear it on Facebook by someone else, and of course they were upset because some don’t do Facebook,” she added.

Director Haltom said that the county will continue to notify residents throughout Monday.

Samples of water from the system have been sent to be tested for any contaminants, but the results should be back later this week.

How to consume water safely:

  • Bring all tap water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled 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 (about Ľ teaspoon) 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.

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