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Greene County issues boil-water advisory after another water main breaks

Greene County has issued a boil-water advisory for certain parts of Ruckersville after a water main break in the Spring Hill Road area Thursday.

It’s the second time in six months the area has had a pipe break, and one of multiple boil-water advisories that have been issued after similar breaks in Greene since late last year.

“Greene County Department of Water and Sewer, in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Health, is advising certain Ruckersville residents to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution,” the county said in a statement issued Friday. “Failure to follow this advisory could result in stomach or intestinal illness.”

Breaks in water mains increase the risk of bacteria such as E. coli entering the water supply. Consuming E. coli can cause severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting.

While water pressure has returned to certain parts of Ruckersville since the main broke on Thursday, all households and businesses pulling water from the main are being advised to boil water before use. That includes households and businesses on:

■ Westwood Drive.■ Branchland Court.■ Holly Lane.■ Meadow Lane.■ Knobhill Circle.■ Greene Lea Drive.■ Valley Lane.■ Spring Haven Lane.■ Fox Ridge Lane.■ Southridge Drive.■ Rustling Oaks Way.■ Spring Oaks Lane.■ Wexford Ridge Road.■ Rosslare Court.■ Cedar Lane.■ Longford Drive.■ Spring Hill Road.

“Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, beverage, and food preparation, making ice (including automatic ice makers), and brushing teeth until further notice,” the county said in its statement. “Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water and is the preferred method to assure that tap water is safe to drink. Bring all tap water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using.”

For those without gas or electricity, or who are otherwise unable to boil water:

■ Use liquid household bleach to disinfect water. The bleach product should 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 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.

■ Or use water purification tablets. But be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Ruckersville is expected to be under the latest advisory for several days.

“It is anticipated the problem will be resolved within one week,” the county said. “Once the Boil Water Advisory has been lifted, residents will be notified through the same methods of communication used to notify of the advisory.”


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