EREC issues boil water notice for Walnut Hill area residents

Published 4:44 pm Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A water main breach affecting the Goodale Lane, South Pineville Road, Enon School Road, Kinzie Lane, Dan Hall Road and Highway 97A from 6111 travel southeast to Dan Hall Road is causing a loss in water pressure, according to a press released from the Escambia River Electric Cooperative.

Because of the loss of water pressure, EREC is advising all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes be boiled.  A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient. Residents are also advised to take precautions when bathing, especially immunocompromised individuals, infants, or the elderly.

A loss in system pressure could cause backsiphonage of contaminants, such as E.Coli bacteria, into the water system. Water containing E.Coli bacteria can be considered safe for drinking and cooking after vigorously boiling the water. Disease symptoms caused by these bacteria may include diarrhea, cramps, nausea and possibly jaundice, and any associated headache and fatigue.

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The EPA has set an enforceable drinking water standard for E.Coli to reduce the risk of these adverse health effects. Under this standard, all drinking water must be free of these bacteria.

The water system is currently collecting samples to determine if the presence of E.Coli bacteria exists within the water system.

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, according to the release.

The anticipated date for rescinding this notice is Aug. 19, 2017, at 4 p.m.

Those with questions may contact member services at 1-800-235-3848 or 3425 Hwy. 4 W, PO Box 428, Jay, FL 32565.