Northeast Columbia residents should boil their water

Water main break causes drop in pressure
Sunday, June 20, 2010 | 10:25 p.m. CDT; updated 10:48 a.m. CDT, Monday, June 21, 2010

COLUMBIA -- Residents of the following Columbia neighborhoods should boil water until further notice.

  • Lake of the Woods
  • Mexico Gravel Road
  • Pine Grove Mobile Home Park
  • Godas
  • The Links
  • Hanover
  • Timber Ridge
  • Garden City
  • Indian Hills
  • Surrounding subdivisions

What happened? A 16-inch water main serving northeast Columbia broke between 4 and 6 p.m., causing pressure in the water system to drop.

Has the water main been fixed? Yes. But the city wants to take samples to determine whether the water is safe. The boil advisory will continue until two clean samples can be verified.

What should I do, specifically? Here are the city guidelines:

  • Boil water for three minutes before using it for cooking or drinking.
  • Do not use ice from an automatic ice maker. Remake it with water that has been boiled.
  • Use a bit of bleach to disinfect dishes and surfaces that come into contact with food. Immerse dishes for one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented bleach per gallon of water.

Stay tuned for further notices from the Water and Light Department.

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