Local officials in an area near the city of Columbia, SC announced recently that residents living in and around the Allbene Park area should boil their water before use…
… and by use they mean for drinking, cooking, as ice, or as a wash solution for food or anything that will come in contact with food.
The reason for the alert: a water main broke and when that happens unwanted bacteria could possibly find their way into the water supply.
Residents of the Allbene Park subdivision in the Hopkins area of Richland County were advised Tuesday to boil their water before drinking or cooking with it.
A break in a water line caused a loss of pressure to Allbene Park residents, the Richland County Utilities Department said Tuesday afternoon. That prompted the advisory, which the department described as a precautionary measure that will remain in effect until further notice.
Residents are instructed to boil water for at least one minute, the department said. In addition, any ice made from water that has not been boiled should be discarded.
Questions may be directed to the department at (803) 401-0050.
Vicinity of Allbene Park. ( source )
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