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Health officials issue water advisory for Scott County

October 24th, 2013 4:21 pm by Wes Bunch

Health officials issue water advisory for Scott County

FORT BLACKMORE — A large split in a Scott County Public Service Authority waterline forced state and local health officials to issue a water advisory Thursday for a large portion of the county. 

The breakage also caused Scott County Public Schools to cancel class at 1:30 p.m. after water service to three campuses was lost. Classes are scheduled to resume as normal Friday. 

According to the Scott County PSA, a section of 8-inch piping near Fort Blackmore suffered a split nearly 8-feet long at approximately 4 a.m. Thursday. PSA officials said several factors, including weather, could have contributed to the incident. 

Scott County PSA Executive Director Dan Danko said the broken section of piping was repaired with the water system fully operational by early Thursday  afternoon. 

Now that the repairs are complete, Danko said the PSA is in the process of refilling its water tanks in the area. 

Danko said one tank, which holds approximately 225,000 gallons, was almost completely drained by the leak.  

As a result of low water levels, the Scott County Department of Health and Virginia Department of health issued a water advisory for a portion of the county east of US Route 23 and north of state Route 65. 

Residents of that area are advised to either boil their water or purchase bottled water from a local convenience or grocery store. 

Tap water used during the advisory should be brought to a rolling boil for at least a minute before being used, health officials said. 

The advisory is expected to remain in effect through Saturday at least, officials said.

Scott County School officials said the decision to cancel class for all 14 county schools was made taking bus routes into consideration, since many of the county's buses make stops at more than one campus. 

 

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