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Boil-water advisory issued for Six-O-Five Village in Louisa County

A Louisa County mobile home park is under a boil-water advisory after reported drops in the local water pressure and full water outages in some areas.

Low pressure can increase the risk of exposing water supplies to E. coli and other harmful bacteria.

“The Virginia Department of Health and Blue Ridge Health District in conjunction with the Six-O-Five Village Waterworks are advising residents in the Six-O-Five Village in Mineral, Louisa County VA., to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution until further notice,” according to a joint statement issued by the health agencies on Friday.

Low water pressure can cause backflow, which can expose water supplies to contaminants, notably E. coli.

E. coli is a type of bacteria whose presence indicates that water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Human pathogens in these wastes can cause short-term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea and headaches, among other symptoms. They may pose a greater health risk for infants, young children, the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems.

Six-O-Five Village residents will be informed when the advisory has been lifted, officials said.

For more information, residents can contact Scott A. Dunn, the waterworks operator assigned to Six-O-Five Village, at (434) 282-3789 or sdunnreeofva@yahoo.com.

For those residents of Six-O-Five Village that are unable to boil tap water, officials suggest:

■ Using liquid household bleach to disinfect water. The bleach product should be recently purchased, free of additives and scents, and should contain a hypochlorite solution of at least 5.25%. Public health officials recommend adding eight drops of bleach, about a quarter of a teaspoon, to each gallon of water. The water should be stirred and allowed to stand for at least 30 minutes before use.

■ Using water purification tablets.

“Drinking water may be available at other locations outside your community or neighborhood,” the health authorities said in their Friday statement. “If you seek water for human consumption at other locations, you must be certain that it is safe for use.”

The boil-water advisory in Louisa County follows a similar advisory issued in northern Albemarle County on Thursday after a water main break near the Camelot subdivision. Although repairs have been made, that advisory was still in effect as of Saturday evening as Albemarle authorities worked to guarantee the water supply had not been contaminated. Restaurants in the area have had to slow operations in order to boil cooking water, and the nearby Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport has had to close its bathrooms to the public. Albemarle officials say it could be days before the advisory there is lifted.

Source: www.dailyprogress.com

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