The latest on the rainstorm that pounded parts of the East Coast (all times local):
While Columbia officials are confident they will not lose water service, they can’t say when most of the city’s 375,000 customers will be able to stop boiling water before they drink it.
Assistant City Manager Missy Gentry says Columbia is trucking in water and laying pipes from two nearby rivers to make sure water remains in the Columbia Canal, which is the chief source for drinking water.
An advisory telling people to boil water was issued during Sunday’s rainstorm, and Columbia Utilities Director Joey Jaco says he can’t say when that may be lifted. He says crews must finish repairing numerous breaks in the system first.
The advisory has left thousands scrambling for bottled water and businesses shut down. Restaurants that are open are serving meals off paper plates and drinks from cans.
The largest hospital in Columbia shut down its water supply for 12 hours as it set up an alternative source of water.
Palmetto Health Richland Hospital shut down its water system at 6 p.m. Thursday, restoring service at 6 a.m. Friday.
Hospital officials said they acted because the city of Columbia does not know when it will be able to provide safe drinking water.
Hospital spokeswoman Tammie Epps says the U.S. Army has provided a reverse osmosis system to purify the water so it can be used. Epps says the system was flushed and cleaned during the 12-hour shutdown. She says the water from the Army system is being tested for 24 hours before it can be relied upon.
The hospital is continuing to use the un-filtered, city-provided water for its air conditioning and certain other equipment.
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) – The City of Columbia Water Works has issued a boil water advisory for customers of Zoe’s Kitchen on 4855 Forest Drive and Schianos on 4839 Forest Drive.
Customers should to vigorously boil their water for at least one full minute prior to drinking or cooking.
City officials advise any residents near the affected area who have lost water and/or water pressure to vigorously boil their water for at least one full minute prior to drinking or cooking. Also, any ice made from water that has not been boiled should not be used for drinking purposes.
The City of Columbia has experienced a 2″ Two inch water line break which could possibly result in bacterial contamination of the water at Zoe’s Kitchen and Schianos.
The City of Columbia Water Works is presently working to correct the problem.
All food processors and restaurants should comply with prescribed USDA and SC DHEC recommendations, respectively. Should you have any questions pertaining to this advisory, please call the Lexington/Richland County Environmental Services at 896-0620 or the South Carolina Hospitality Association at 765-9000.
The City of Columbia Customer Care Call Center, 545-3300, may answer other inquiries concerning this Advisory.
Original Link: WLTX
The City of Gresham issued a Boil Water Notice on Saturday, impacting about 130 homes served by the Gabbert Hill Reservoir.
Saturday morning, a pump at the site failed, causing homes to lose water pressure, according to a City of Gresham spokesperson.
The water was not thought to be contaminated, but lack of water pressure could allow contamination into water pipes.
Customers in the area were asked not to drink water, or use it for consumption purposes, without boiling it first, city officials said.
The impacted area is served by the Gabbert Hill Reservoir, which provides water to approximately 130 homes and can be found on a map here.
Impacted customers should:
- Bring water to a rolling boil for 1 minute
- Allow the water to cool before using
- Store the cooled water in a clean container with a cover
Customers should use boiled water that has cooled or bottled water for:
- Preparing baby formula and food
- Brushing teeth
- Washing fruits and vegetables
- Washing dishes
- Making ice
More information on the Boil Water Alert here.
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R C Willis Water Treatment Plant/ Photo Credit:palatka-fl.gov
PALATKA, Fla, — Palatka was placed under a precautionary boil water notice Thursday.
According to Melvin Register with the City Water Plant Superintendent, the notice applies to the entire city.
Residents are advised to boil all drinking water. Register says the notice might be lifted sometime early next week
The water plant lost water pressure around 8 p.m. Thursday due to a lightning storm.
According to the city’s website, it is located on Moody Road on the west side of Palatka and draws its water supply from the Floridan aquifer through eight wells located at or near the plant. The plant has the capacity to treat 6 million gallons of water per day.
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Anderson County, S.C.
According to an article by the WYFF4 Greenville in South Carolina, customers of Anderson County are on boil water notice until the Anderson Regional Joint Water System fixes the bad smell and taste from the water. The bad smell and taste is coming from the algae of Lake Hartwell causing several customers to call in to complain about the water.
Pembroke Pines, Fla
Those living in Pembroke Pines are still on boil water notice after a water main break on Thursday. Anyone with any questions regarding the testing of the water should contact The City of Pembroke Pines Water Plant at 954-986-5011.
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Residents of Canada’s Pelee Island have been warned to drink only bottled water and to stay away from the beaches as toxic Lake Erie algae has reached its shores.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit issued an alert on Tuesday, warning residents that the blue-green algae bloom is affecting the water quality along the island’s shoreline. The microcystin that contaminated Toledo’s water system, rendering the water undrinkable from Aug. 2-4, is affecting private well water systems on Pelee Island, authorities said.
The officials also warned residents not to bathe in or cook with the contaminated water and not to eat fish from the lake. Authorities closed the beaches and advised against swimming.
Toxic algae blooms have developed on Lake Erie since the mid-1990s, and the contaminants overwhelmed Toledo’s water treatment plant on Aug. 2, driving the level of the toxin microcystin above the 1 part per billion level the World Health Organization says is safe.
A do-not-drink advisory was issued for more than 500,000 customers. For more than two days, residents scrambled to find bottled water. People had to avoid tap water to cook, bathe, dishes, or laundry.