OAW issues boil water advisory for Chesapeake, South Point

Published 10:50 pm Saturday, June 27, 2009

South Point — Ohio American Water’s Lawrence County District issued a precautionary boil water advisory Saturday for all of its customers in Chesapeake and South Point.

Approximately 3,350 customers in the area are under the precautionary boil water advisory. Customers are advised to drink and cook with tap water only after boiling it for a minimum of one minute. Tap water is okay for washing/bathing.

Do not use home filtering devices in place of water that has been boiled as most home a filtering devices will not provide adequate protection from microorganisms. Use only boiled water to treat minor injuries.

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West Virginia American Water – Huntington District which provides the water sold by Ohio American Water’s Lawrence County District, lost water pressure due to a main break and issued a boil water advisory to its customers including Ohio American Water. As a result, Ohio American Water is advised by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to also issue a precautionary boil advisory to its customers.

Precautionary boil water advisories usually last from 24 to 36 hours.

Customers can call the Customer Service Center at 1-800-673-5999 for the latest updates.