LAFAYETTE, AL (WTVM) - A precautionary boil water notice has been issued for Lafayette, Alabama.
Residents are being advised to boil their water for three minutes before using after the City of Lafayette Water System lost pressure resulting in a major water loss in the distribution system.
The notice applies to areas which had no water pressure on June 20.
A fire hydrant valve ruptured during repair and caused the water loss.
Residents should bring their water to a rolling boil and cool before using or use bottled water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and preparing food until further notice.
All stored water from this water supply should be discarded.
The city warns that inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms that include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, and headaches.
The water hydrant has been replaced and samples of the water in the area are being tested for bacteria.
Residents will be notified one the water is deemed safe to drink and use as normal. It is likely that water will need to be boiled for the next two to three days.