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The Latest: Unclear When Boil-Water Advisory Will Lift

  • By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Oct 9, 2015, 12:35 PM ET

The latest on the rainstorm that pounded parts of the East Coast (all times local):

12:15 p.m.

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.

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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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Nepal Earthquake Means Water Crisis

By now you’ve probably heard about the earthquake in Nepal that killed thousands of people and destroyed many homes. The earthquake was a 7.9 out of 10 on the Richter scale, enough to make most of the Nepal community flee to surrounding areas. This left them without food, shelter, and most importantly, water.

In emergencies like this one, clean water is not readily available to the people that have been affected by the distater. In the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake, refugee camps have been set up to take in the people that have been left without homes. The camps have been relying on military vehicles to bring them large tanks of clean water. After this disastrous earthquake, a large park at the center of Kathmandu has recently been converted into a government-constructed camp and has provided thousands of refugees with clean drinking water.

But, the CEO of the nonprofit WaterAid America says, “It will get worse before it gets better.” Lack of water, along with many other necessities, are becoming more scarce in the area even though many different groups have come in to help the communities of Nepali refugees. All we can do is support groups who do damage control and provide necessities to those in need.

If you’d like to read more about this disaster and the water crisis that has happened due to the Nepal earthquake, check out Newsweek’s article here.

Sources: Newsweek 4/29/15 “After Quake, Nepal Faces Water & Health Crisis”

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1 month after spill, W. Virginians wary of water

By ALEX SANZ, JONATHAN MATTISE Associated Press 7:29 A.M.FEB. 17, 2014

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More than a month after chemicals seeped into West Virginia’s biggest water supply, Jeanette Maddox would rather bundle up, drive to a shopping center parking lot and fill jugs of water from the spigot of a tanker truck than trust the tap in her kitchen.

This is Maddox’s new routine three times a week, what she considers a necessary burden to feel safe drinking water, cooking with it and making coffee.

For weeks, government officials have said the running water in nine counties is suitable for all daily needs. But Maddox, like many of the 300,000 residents whose water was contaminated Jan. 9, is not convinced.

She notes that officials waited four to 10 days, depending on the neighborhood, before allowing people to use their water.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/Feb/17/1-month-after-spill-w-virginians-wary-of-water/

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