COLUMBIA — Residents of Whitegate Drive should boil water until further notice.
An 8-inch water main on Whitegate Drive between Towne Drive and Sylvan Lane broke this afternoon.
Columbia Water and Light is working to restore water service to the area. They estimate service could be restored by 10 p.m. Thursday.
Once service is restored, the city must take samples to determine if the water is safe. The boil advisory will continue until two clean samples can be verified, which will take at least 48 hours.
Here are the city guidelines for what to do in areas affected:
- 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 1 teaspoon of unscented bleach per gallon of water
Check back for further notices from the Water and Light Department. Residents of the area should be notified via door hangtag when the boil advisory is lifted, according to a news release from the city of Columbia.