McDowell water users urged to boil waterFree Access

McDOWELL — Due to an unexpected drop in water flow from the McDowell Water System, it is necessary to issue a boil water notice, according to Highland County officials.
Failure to follow this advisory could result in stomach or intestinal illness for those on the McDowell system.
“This means you will be required to boil your tap water for drinking and cooking effective immediately,” the notice explains.
We will be maintaining a higher free chlorine concentration as long as this notice is in effect.” Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, beverage and food preparation, and making ice until further notice.
Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
Bring all tap water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water.
County staff, along with independent contractors, are working to determine the source of the problem.
“We will provide information as it becomes available and will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water,” the notice said.
If you have any questions or need further information, call the County Administrator’s office at (540) 468-2347 or cell phone (540) 292-2337.
Drinking water available Drinking water will be available at the McDowell Firehouse from 5-7 p.m. daily while the water system is under the Boil Water Notice.

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