(Franklin) — A water main break is causing water pressure in parts of the water system to drop to dangerously low levels.
When this occurs a potential health hazard may exist in these areas of zero pressure from backflow and/or back-siphonage of water of unknown quality into the water distribution system.
In order to protect the public from a potential health hazard, all citizens that have experienced water outages and/or low water pressures are advised to “boil” all water prior to use for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby food.
The water should be boiled for at least one minute after reaching a rolling boil.
Citizens should continue to boil their water until they are notified by their drinking water utility that the water system has been restored to full operation, and that the microbiological quality of the water in the distribution system is safe for human consumption.
The water main break is being repaired and the system flushed. We will inform you when tests show no bacteria has entered the system and you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem by the afternoon of Tuesday, July 22.
For more information, please contact Bryant Snyder at (706) 302-9237. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).