MOUNT IDA – Many of Mount Ida Waterworks’ customers east of town are under a boil order due to loss of water and water pressure last week during the winter storm.
Mayor Jo Childress shared that a boil order has been issued for customers east of the Womble Ranger Station beginning at Sod Farm Road continuing east to include Mountain Harbor. This boil order was issued as a precautionary measure du to the possibility that contaminated water may have entered the distribution system as a result of a loss of normal system pressure.
Under the boil order all affected customers must be advised that the water may be unsafe for human consumption, and water used for drinking or food preparation must be boiled briskly for one minute prior to use. All ice cubes should be discarded and only boiled water used for making ice.
This precautionary boil water notice will remain in effect until the problem has been corrected, an adequate disinfectant level is established throughout the distribution system, and a bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink.
Mayor Childress stated that there is no evidence that the water is contaminated, but a precautionary boil order is standard after breaks in the line such as those experienced last week. Temperatures in the negative digits, some residents reported temperatures as low as -13 degrees, accompanied by over a foot of snow in places caused catastrophic breaks in the water system. City crews worked day and night locating and repairing leaks last week.
She added that notices will be posted in areas under the boil order and once the boil order is lifted updated notices will be posted to notify residents the water is safe to drink.