UPDATE: Boil water notice still in place in Chatham, Tightsqueeze, Dry Fork as water being restored to area

Southside Virginia News

UPDATE 6:26 a.m. 5/31/21: Officials provided an update on the water restoration efforts in Chatham, Tightsqueeze, and Dry Fork late Sunday night following a water line break between Columbia Forest Products and the Chatham water plant on Saturday.

This comes after a boil water notice was issued for the three localities on Sunday, May 30, with the Virginia Department of Health warning that failure to boil water before consuming it could lead to stomach or intestinal illness.

The Town of Chatham determined that the pipe that broke was a 12-inch line located approximately six feet underwater in a swampy area near Cherrystone Creek.

Inframark will reportedly continue running the water plant 24 hours a day until further notice while water is being pumped back into the tanks.

Meanwhile, Chatham Mayor Will Pace announced shortly before 10:15 p.m. on Sunday that water was still being restored to the area.

“We are still hoping to restore water overnight, but it could be done tomorrow morning as some areas may get it before others,” Pace posted on Facebook Sunday night. “We don’t want to rush this process because it would increase the chances of another break. I appreciate your patience and for all of those who helped.”

Meanwhile, Pace says water is available at the Chatham Volunteer Fire Department on Depot Street.


UPDATE 4:03 p.m.: The Town of Chatham says both drinking water and non-potable water will be available for residents impacted by the water line break until supplies run out at the Old Dutch parking lot on North Main Street.

Residents are reminded to bring containers if they want to receive the non-potable water.

Both God’s Pit Crew and the Chatham Volunteer Fire Department are helping to distribute water to those impacted by the water line breach.

Meanwhile, repair efforts are still underway along the damaged water lines, Pittsylvania County officials say.


CHATHAM, Va. (WFXR) — After a serious water line breach in Chatham on Saturday, a boil water notice has been issued for customers of the Town of Chatham Waterworks, Tightsqueeze, and Dry Fork.

On Saturday, May 29, various Pittsylvania County officials announced there was a water leak due to a break between Columbia Forest Products and the water plant.

Because of the leak’s location, officials expect it will take a while to repair, which means the Town of Chatham will continue to be out of water and the Tightsqueeze area was expected to run out of water by Sunday, May 30.

Chatham Mayor Will Pace posted the following statement on Facebook on Saturday about the severity of the water line breach:

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Chatham has had some bad water line breaches, but this one is one of the worst. The breach happened between Cherrystone Creek and Columbia Forest Products in a swampy forest area, the worst place to have such a break. To make matters worse the pipe that broke is a 12-inch line that is at least six feet underwater. In order to fix the pipe, we will have to divert the water away from the broken pipe. Inframark will be working to sandbag the impacted area early tomorrow morning and hopefully will start tomorrow afternoon to fix the line, weather permitting.

Chatham and Tightsqueeze have little to no water and we don’t have a timeline of when water will be restored. In addition, there will be a boil water notice enacted. Inframark has made the request and the Virginia Department of Health has to issue it.

I will try my best to keep you abreast of any updates that I receive. Please look after your neighbors during this time.

Will Pace, Mayor of Chatham

On Sunday morning, Pittsylvania County officials shared a message from the Town of Chatham about the boil water notice for Town of Chatham Waterworks, Tightsqueeze, and Dry Fork customers, saying that water line repair efforts are underway.

The Pittsylvania-Danville and Southside Health Districts also posted a statement on Facebook Sunday morning about the boil water notice:

The Virginia Department of Health, in conjunction with the Town of Chatham, are advising residents, businesses, commercial and industrial water customers served by the Town of Chatham (including the Town of Chatham, service areas north of Chatham, customers in the Tightsqueeze area to include the High School, Middle School and the Dry Fork) service areas to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution.

This precaution is necessary because of a water line break near the water treatment plant that occurred around 1:30 pm on Saturday, May 29, 2021, affecting all customers in the listed areas. A Boil Water Notice is effective immediately and must remain in place, until further notice.

DO NOT DRINK TAP WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST

Pittsylvania-Danville and Southside Health Districts

Meanwhile, Town of Chatham customers impacted by the current water outage will be able to pick up non-drinking water at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 30 at the Old Dutch Shopping Center parking lot on North Main Street. However, you need to bring your own container to fill with water since containers will not be provided on site.

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