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Walker County Water & Sewerage Authority issues boil water notice

Following a positive E. coli sample in a Walker Co. water treatment well , several areas are under a boil water notice (Image: Mk2010 / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0)

UPDATE:

(Monday) The Walker County Water & Sewerage Authority (WCWSA) says its boil water notice has been lifted for City of Lafayette customers only.

The following WCWSA service areas are still under a boil water notice:

  • Lee Clarkson Road and areas immediately to the north
  • Johnson Road to Mission Ridge Road and areas east to the county line


PREVIOUSLY:

(Friday) The Walker County Water & Sewerage Authority (WCWSA) says its boil water notice for several areas will remain until further notice.

WCWSA says they hope to have a solution in place within 14 days.

The following guidelines take effect immediately for all Walker County Water & Sewerage Authority and City of LaFayette water customers:

  • Outdoor watering of lawns, gardens and trees is limited to a maximum of twice a week (even addresses and sites with no numbered address may water Wednesdays and Saturdays before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m., while those in odd-numbered addresses may water on Thursdays and Sundays before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.)

  • Watering of personal food gardens is allowed any day before 10:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m.

The following activities are not allowed:

  • No washing streets, gutters, sidewalks and driveways
  • No ornamental uses, such as fountains and waterfalls
  • No use of fire hydrants, except for the purpose of firefighting, public health, safety, or flushing
  • No washing vehicles (cars, boats, etc.) at home
  • No non-commercial washing or pressure washing
  • No charity, or non-commercial fundraiser, car washes

Additional information:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also offered these facts about what to do during a boil water advisory:

  • Use boiled water to prepare drinks, even coffee. Most household coffee makers do not reach a temperature hot enough to remove bacteria
  • Do not use ice from ice trays, ice dispensers or ice makers unless the water was boiled first or made with bottled water
  • Most kitchen and household water filters do not remove bacteria or viruses
  • Consider giving babies and young children a sponge bath to reduce the chance of them swallowing water
  • Brush teeth with boiled or bottled water
  • Household dishwashers are generally safe to use if the water reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 150 degrees or if the dishwasher has a sanitizing cycle
  • It is safe to do laundry as usual
  • Pets should also get boiled or bottled water to drink


PREVIOUSLY:

The Walker County Water & Sewerage Authority (WCWSA) issued a boil water notice in several service areas Thursday afternoon after a routine inspection of the Walker Co. water treatment plant resulted in a positive E. coli sample from one well.

Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) officials believe surface water and/or storm water mixed with the well.

The WCWSA says that there have been no positive samples from the treated water distributed to customers. The boil water notice is a precaution.

The following areas are under a boil water notice:

Walker County Water & Sewer Authority service areas:

  • Lee Clarkson Road and areas immediately to the north
  • Johnson Road to Mission Ridge Road and areas east to the county line

City of Lafayette Water service areas:

  • Areas south of Chickamauga along Highway 27 down to Highway 136
  • West McCarter Road area east to Highway 151, north of Round Pond Road
  • Straight Gut Road east to Highway 27

The WCWSA advises that customers in these areas boil all water for at least a minute past a rolling boil before they drink, cook, or prepare baby food with it.

Citizens should boil their water in these areas until the WCWSA notifies them that the water system has been restored.

The WCWSA says that this boil water notice excludes anyone receiving water from the following:

  • Tennessee American
  • City of Chickamauga Water System
  • Walker County Rural Water
  • Dade County Water
  • Chattooga County Water
  • Dalton Utilities
  • Catoosa County Utility District

For more information, call:

Randall Haney, WCWSA Water Production Superintendent, 423-421-3556

Wally Meeks, City of LaFayette Water & Sewer Director, 706-639-1561

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