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BREAKING NEWS: City, county issue boil water notice
Friday, July 12, 2013
A water main break near Bridge Street and Memorial Boulevard has led the city and Henry-Martinsville Health Department to issue a boil water notice.
The notice, according to a city news release, affects these areas:
• Memorial Boulevard from Bridge Street west to Fayette Street, as well as side streets including Henry, Sellers, Lavinder, Salem and Manilla streets.
• Bridge Street from the intersection of Memorial north to Market Street, including Lavinder, Winston, Railroad, South Moss, Cemetery, Sutherlin and South College streets.
City water customers in these areas are cautioned to use bottled water, or to boil their tap water for one minute before drinking it or cooking with it, until further notice, the release states.
Drinking potentially contaminated water could cause stomach or intestinal illnesses, according to a health department release.
Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. It is the preferred method to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the release stated.
Anyone without the ability to boil water can use liquid household bleach to disinfect water, the health department mentioned.
The bleach product should be recently purchased, free of additives and scents and contain a hypochlorite solution of at least 5.25 percent, the release stated.
Public health officials recommend adding eight drops of bleach — about a teaspoon — to each gallon of water to be used. The water should be stirred and allowed to stand for at least 30 minutes before use, the release said.
Water purification tablets may also be used. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
The water main that broke has been repaired, the city release stated.
The boil water notice was issued as a precaution, and the water system has been flushed thoroughly and water is being sampled to ensure its quality, the release said.
The city will lift the notice when the water is determined to be safe, the release added.