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Boil advisory issued in Clarksville / November 13, 2019
Residents and businesses in the Town of Clarksville were subject to a boil water advisory starting Tuesday after the town’s main water lines ruptured while draining the storage tank near the ballpark on Woodland Drive.

The burst water main was discovered about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. The town did not offer an explanation on the cause of the rupture, but Town Manager Jeff Jones said workers were able to divert the water flow from the town’s two other tanks, on Highway 15 South near Burlington Drive, and on Highway 58 near Commerce Drive.

Town Hall, the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce and the Clarksville Police Department posted word of the advisory around 9:30 a.m. on their social media and webpages pages under the heading “DO NOT DRINK TAP WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST.” Jones said employees also called local restaurants directly.

By Tuesday afternoon, workers with the town completed repairs to the lines but did not lift the ban as they were waiting to test the water main. Town Operations Manager Richard Elliott said those in the affected areas would be notified once the proper water line disinfection and flushing as well as the bacteriological sampling was completed.

Even after the ban is lifted, the Health Department recommends allowing water to run through faucets for several minutes when first turned on to allow any remaining silt to pass through the line.

According to the notice, residences and business north of the intersection of US 15 South and Shiney Rock Road (near the Dry Bridge) and those west of the intersection of Willow Drive and Buffalo Road should follow this advisory until further notice.

The areas under restriction include College Street, Chandler Street, Adams Street, Sunnyside Avenue, Mecklenburg Blvd, Carol Avenue, Virginia Avenue, Second Street, Third Street, Fourth Street, Fifth Street, Sixth Street, Seventh Street, Eighth Street, Ninth Street, Carolina Street, Commerce Street, Market Street, Sizemore Street, East Street, West Street, Rose Hill Avenue, Nero Street, Pine Valley Road, Staunton Terrace, Russell Street, Buffalo Road (east of Willow Drive), Forest Hill, Oak View, Grace Street, Long Beach Blvd., Colleen Drive, Franklin Street, and Woodlawn Drive.

Town officials warn that the “failure to follow this advisory could result in stomach or intestinal illness.”

Tuesday’s advisory was issued in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Health, the Mecklenburg County Health Department, and the Town of Clarksville water system. Their advice was to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking, ice making, and cooking purposes as a safety precaution. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

When using tap water, bring it to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute and then cool before using. Water purification tablets, if available, may also be used but be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

The notice includes an additional alternative method of purification using liquid household bleach. The instructions call for the bleach product to be “recently purchased, free of additives and scents, and contain a hypochlorite solution of at least 5.25%. Public health officials recommend adding eight drops of bleach (about 1/4 teaspoon) to each gallon of water. The water should be stirred and allowed to stand for at least 30 minutes before use.

Town officials say they will inform affected areas when the advisory has been lifted. For more information contact Elliott, at (434) 374-8177 or stop by Clarksville Town Hall, 321 Virginia Avenue, Clarksville.

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