Boil water advisory issued for several Lynchburg neighborhoods after water main break

(MGN Online)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The Virginia Department of Health, Lynchburg Health Department, and City of Lynchburg Department of Water Resources is advising several Lynchburg neighborhoods to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking.

They said there is a water line break in the Windsor Hills Drive area causing the boil water advisory.

The following streets are impacted:

  • Yorkshire Circle
  • Nottingham Circle
  • Cornwallis Drive
  • Chesterfield Place

They said boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, beverage and food preparation, and making ice until further notice.

Boiling water helps kill bacteria and other organisms in the water.

Health officials said to bring all tap water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and the let it cool before using, or you can just use bottled water.

If you cannot boil your tap water:

  • An alternative method of purification for residents that do not have gas or electricity available is to use liquid household bleach to disinfect water. The bleach product should be recently purchased, free of additives and scents, and should contain a hypochlorite solution of a least 5.25%. Public health officials recommend adding 8 drops of bleach (1/4 teaspoon) to each gallon of water. The water should be stirred and allowed to stand for at least 30 minutes before use.
  • Water purification tablets may also be used by following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Health department officials said they will be flushing the water system and collecting water samples and hope the problem will be resolved within 48 hours.

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