According to a press release issued by West Virginia American Water, a precautionary boil water advisory has been issued approximately 1000 customers in the Rockcrest Drive and Chestnut Street Areas of South Charleston.
The affected area includes Rockcrest Drive, Princess Drive, Village Drive, Ridgewood Road, Lincoln Drive from Pike Street to Upton Avenue, Upton Avenue, Bridgeview Drive, Cobb Street, Hollyberry Lane, Greenland Circle, Ivywood Lane, Peachtree Lane, Wilson Avenue, Pike Street, Ridge Drive, Dominion Way, Knob Way, Shady Way, East Village Drive, Chestnut Street from Spring Hill Avenue to Hudson Valley Road, Hickory Street, Garnas Lane, Little Creek Park, Christa Circle, Ronald Drive, Fairview Acres, Airport Road, Oak Tree Lane, Myrtle Tree and Pleasant Valley Road.
Officials say this asdvisory follows a main break and extensive system flushing activities, which caused a water storage tank to drain. Customers will be alerted by the media.
West Virginia American Water says once service is restored, affected customers should boil their water before consumption until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms that may be present in the water. Customers are asked to bring water used for drinking, cooking, bathing, showering and brushing teeth to a full boil for a minimum of one minute, then cool before use.
West Virginia American Water also recommends the following steps:
· Throw away beverages and ice cubes if made with tap water;
· Keep boiled water in the refrigerator for drinking;
· Provide pets with boiled water after cooling;
· Do not use home filtering devices in place of boiling or using bottled water; most home water filters will not provide adequate protection from microorganisms;
· Use only boiled water to treat minor injuries.
Officals also add that once the system recovers, West Virginia American Water will be collecting additional water quality samples in the area of the outage. For more information, contact West Virginia American Water's customer service center at 1-800-685-8660.