Boil water notice issued for Americus

A boil water notice has been issued for the City of Americus. (Source: WALB)
A boil water notice has been issued for the City of Americus. (Source: WALB)
Published: May. 5, 2022 at 1:13 PM EDT|Updated: May. 6, 2022 at 3:55 PM EDT
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AMERICUS, Ga. (WALB) - A boil water notice has been issued for the City of Americus.

The notice says residents should bring tap water to a rolling boil, boil for one minute and cool before using. Residents are also asked to use bottled water.

The advisory applies to all residences and businesses that were not pre-qualified to be open during water interruptions.

The notice goes into Saturday and could be possibly extended into Mother’s Day. The Department of Health is reaching out to food service providers to help them with temporary process approval for using bottled water and limited menus.

Only businesses with pre-approved emergency operations for water interruption can serve food during the boil advisory period. Those without plans are supposed to shut down until the advisory is lifted, according to officials.

Residents are asked to use only boiled water or bottled water for making ice, washing dishes, drinking water for pets, brushing teeth and preparing food. The advisory only affects people inside Americus and only those that use city water.

City Water and Waste Project Manager Howard Tibbett said there was an open vessel in a water storage tank at the plant that they thought may have threatened public health, which is why the city issued a boil water advisory.

Currently, the city is in the final phases of the process, which involves sample testing throughout the city to determine if the quality of water is acceptable. Officials said those test results are expected back Saturday around noon. If favorable, normal water consumption can continue. If not, another round of tests will have to be conducted, which could extend the boil water advisory for another 24 hours.

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