Boil water for safety

Published 2:00 am Wednesday, December 16, 2009

By By Adam Prestridge
A water main break in Robinsonville Monday night during torrential downpours has officials with the Atmore Utilities Board taking a “better safe, than sorry” approach to water consumption.
According to Utilities Board Manager Tom Wolfe, a “precautionary boil water notice” has been issued for residents living on Sardis Church Road, where the water main ruptured, as well as, Moye Drive, Little George Road, Howard Page, Vine and any others in the area who are without water.
As a precaution, the Utilities Board advises that all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing dishes be boiled. A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient. As an alternative, bottled water may be used.
This “precautionary boil water notice” will remain in effect until the problem has been corrected and a bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink.
What to do during a precautionary boil water notice:
Note: cloudy water requires 16 drops of bleach and a 30-minute contact time. Also, other approved chemical disinfectants are available at stores that sell camping and hiking supplies. If you have any questions, you may call the Utilities Board office at 368-2207.
Sports Editor Chandler Myers contributed to this story.

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