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Line rupture forces boil water advisory

SOUTH POINT – Village residents will remain on a boil advisory after water service shut down for more than five hours Tuesday morning.

Thursday, August 05, 1999

SOUTH POINT – Village residents will remain on a boil advisory after water service shut down for more than five hours Tuesday morning.

Water service was interrupted after a car struck a fire hydrant near the Solida Road and County Road 1 intersection at about 5:15 a.m. Tuesday, village administrator Pat Leighty said.

South Point Waterworks crews immediately were dispatched, but repair work was delayed until the water flow could be diverted away from the scene of the accident, South Point Police Chief Carl Vance said.

Once the main flow was rechanneled, water service was restored to some residents, while most remained without full pressure until the damage was repaired, Leighty said.

Residents living along County Road 1 from Davidson Street to the Clear View subdivision, however, had their water access shut off until the repairs were completed, Leighty said.

These residents will remain on a water boil advisory for the remainder of the week, Leighty said. The advisory extends from the point of the water line break down County Road 1 to the end of the South Point Waterworks coverage areas, so all residents along County Road 1 and the adjacent subdivision are affected by the advisory and should take the necessary precautions, he said.

"When something like this happens, we are required to take samples from the water and send them out to have them analyzed," he said. "And, it takes about a week to get those results back, so we must have a boil advisory in place until we get confirmation that the water is fine."

Initial samples and other indicators show the water does not appear dangerous, but the advisory is necessary and should be followed, Leighty said.

"The water pressure was never completely lost; we had it in the line while it was fixed," Leighty said.

The rupture was not beneath the road, but equipment and repairs blocked the eastbound traffic along the county road. Traffic delays were minimized by a uniformed officer directing traffic flow, and no further delays are expected.