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Residents to continue boiling water
Mainly in Bridge Street area of the city
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Some Martinsville residents are asked to continue boiling water until further notice to ensure their safety after a water main broke last week.
Bob Phillips, emergency coordinator in Martinsville, said Saturday two bacteria tests must be done on consecutive days and be successful before the boil notice will be lifted.
No problems are anticipated with the tests, Phillips said.
But, he noted, each test takes 24 hours to complete. One test was to be checked Saturday night; the other tonight, he said.
“Presumably, the boil notice will be lifted” at some point after that, Phillips said.
The notice was issued Friday by the city of Martinsville in conjunction with the Henry/Martinsville Health Department and the Virginia Department of Health.
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 a minute before drinking it or cooking with it, the release states.
Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water, while drinking potentially contaminated water could lead to stomach or intestinal illnesses, the release stated.
Liquid household bleach that is recently purchased, free of additives and scents and contains a hypochlorite solution of at least 5.25 percent, also may be used to disinfect water, with a ratio of eight drops of bleach — about a teaspoon — added to each gallon of water needed. Stir and let stand at least 30 minutes before use, the release said.
A third option — water purification tablets — may also be used, according to the release. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
The water main has been repaired, and the boil water notice was issued as a precaution, the release stated.