UPDATE, DEC. 29 — The boil water notice has been canceled.
INITIAL STORY — The Savannah Utility Department said Tuesday afternoon that due to a recent water line break, a precautionary boil water notice is being issued to all water customers in a portion of its service area.
Included in the notice are the Olive Hill, Bucktown, and Swift communities, areas north of Burnt Church and other areas north and south of U.S. 64, including the vicinity of Clifton Road/Tenn. 128 north of U.S. 64.
The utility department said water line breaks resulting in a loss of system pressure can introduce disease-causing organisms into the water system. As a precaution, water customers in the affected areas are advised to boil their water prior to using it for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Customers should take the following steps:
Prior to boiling, all water should be strained through a clean cloth to remove any sediment or floating material. Heat water to a vigorous boil, let it boil for three minutes to ensure disinfection, and let it cool before using.
According to the department, repairs to the line break are underway. Once system pressure is restored, bacteriological tests will be conducted throughout the system. When tests show no bacteria, the department will notify customers that the water is safe and rescind the precautionary boil water notice. The department said the problem is expected to be fixed within 48 hours.