Tap water warning: Boil alert issued in Prince George

originally posted on October 26, 2016


NOTE: The County’s Public Water system has not been impacted by this issue. It relates to Lundie Utilities Customers ONLY. For Lundie Utilities water customers only in the following areas: Wildwood Farms, Southern Oaks, Huckleberry Hills, and Pamela Estates.

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. — Some people who live in Prince George County are being advised to boil tap water or use bottled water after a water system malfunction.

“The water system experienced a period of water system outage due to a malfunction of the pumps which pressurize the water system,” a county spokesperson said. “The system has been repaired and it is back up and running under normal pressure. Due to the outages and as a precaution we are advising residents to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution.”

If water samples taken Wednesday and Thursday confirm the water is safe to drink, the boil advisory will be lifted.

“Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, beverage and food preparation, and making ice until further notice,” the county continued. “Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Boiling is the preferred method to assure that the tap water is safe to drink. Bring all tap water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water.”

If you cannot boil your tap water:

An alternative method of purification for residents that do not have gas or electricity available is to use liquid household bleach to disinfect water. The bleach product should be recently purchased, free of additives and scents, and should contain a hypochlorite solution of at least 5.25%. Public health officials recommend adding 8 drops of bleach (about ¼ teaspoon) to each gallon of water. The water should be stirred and allowed to stand for at least 30 minutes before use.

Water purification tablets may also be used by following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Again we will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water.

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