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Greene County lifts boil water advisory after water main break

A boil water advisory has been lifted in Greene County after a water main break this past week exposed residents to the risk of E. coli contamination.

It’s the third such advisory Greene has had to issue in four weeks due to faulty pipes.

"As of 11 a.m. Saturday, December 9, 2023, the Boil Water Advisory has been lifted for all customers of Greene County Department of Water and Sewer," the county said in a statement Saturday. "Residents can safely resume using their household water as normal."

The advisory was issued on Thursday after service interruption and loss of water pressure to some residences near the town of Stanardsville. The busted water main prompted the county to close schools and government offices for the day before reopening on Friday, though with restricted access to water.

"After the repairs were made to the broken water main, a series of bacterial samples were collected and sent to a state-certified lab. All samples collected on December 7 and December 8, 2023, were absent of both total coliform and E. coli bacteria in the area where the Boil Water Advisory is currently being lifted," the county said.

The water main break is the third time in the past four weeks a boil water advisory has been issued in Greene County.

The first advisory on Nov. 13 affected Mountain Lakes Water Company customers in the Twin Lakes and Green Mountain Lakes communities. That advisory was lifted a week later.

The second advisory issued on Nov. 28 affected Ruckersville residents. That advisory was lifted on Nov. 30.

For more information, residents can contact the Greene County Department of Water and Sewer at (434) 985-1348.


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