UPDATE 12:37 p.m.: Pittsylvania County officials have rescinded the boil water notice issued for residents and business owners in the Town of Chatham following last week’s water line break, which means they can now safely consume tap water without boiling it.
According to a Facebook post from Pittsylvania County Public Safety at 12:22 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26, samples taken between Friday, Oct. 23, and Sunday, Oct. 25, have not shown signs of bacteria.
Therefore, the water provided by the Town of Chatham is now safe for consumption without treating it.
PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A boil water notice issued Friday is still in place for certain Pittsylvania County communities following a water line break from Thursday afternoon.
Residents and businesses in the Town of Chatham, the Tightsqueeze and Dry Fork areas, and all customers under the Town of Chatham waterworks are advised to continue boiling their tap water in order to prevent stomach or intestinal illness.
“The Virginia Department of Health in conjunction with the Pittsylvania County Health Department and the Town of Chatham are advising residents and businesses in the Town of Chatham and the Tightsqueeze, Green Rock Correctional Facility, the Tightsqueeze Industrial Park, the High, Middle and Elementary Schools service areas to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution,” according to a statement released by Pittsylvania County on Friday, Oct. 23.
Pittsylvania County officials say this is a necessary precaution due to a water line break near the center of Chatham in the vicinity of Carter Street and Route 57 at approximately 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, thus impacting all customers of the Town of Chatham waterworks.
While the water line break has been repaired and water service has been re-established, the boil water notice went into effect on Friday and will reportedly remain in place until further notice.
Residents are asked to use boiled or bottled water for drinking, beverage and food preparation, and making ice until further notice. In fact, officials say boiling is the preferred method to guarantee safe drinking water since it kills bacteria and other organisms in the tap water.
However, if you cannot boil your tap water, Pittsylvania County’s statement recommends adding approximately a quarter of a teaspoon of recently purchased, additive-free, scent-free bleach that contains a hypochlorite solution of at least 5.25% to each gallon of water, which should then be stirred and allowed to sit for at least 30 minutes before use.
In addition, officials say water purification tablets may be used by following the manufacturer’s instructions.
In order to address possible contamination issues after water service is restored, Pittsylvania County says the water lines will be flushed and disinfected, and bacteriological samples will be collected to ensure satisfactory water quality.
Based on the estimated time for disinfection, flushing, and testing, the boil water notice may remain in place until around noon on Monday, Oct. 26, according to officials.
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