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January 15, 2014

County: No more water boiling

MILLEDGEVILLE — The “Boil Water Notice” for Baldwin County water customers ended at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Baldwin County Water Superintendent Jason Kidd said all system samples are fine, and the water pressure is back up.

“We are safe and good to go,” Kidd said Wednesday afternoon.

According to the county, water storage tanks returned to normal capacity Tuesday.

The Water Department awaited official word from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) on when the boil water mandate could be lifted. Thankfully, Monday and Tuesday water tests came back clean.

During last week’s extreme winter weather conditions, excessive usage and water pipe breaks caused water service interruption within several areas of Baldwin County and the City of Milledgeville. Crews are still tying up leaking water lines this week.

Cold weather, busted pipes and running faucets essentially emptied multiple county ground storage tanks on the South, West and North sides.

County water department staff had a stressful week trying to tie into city water lines to get adequate pressure for fire safety and public health.

The city pitched in around 9 p.m. last Wednesday to help with the county shortage.

The county made connections at Swint Avenue and another hibernating pump at Frank Bone Road to run water west to the Hopewell Church Road tank.

Even though the county water system didn’t have a busted main, environmental law requires a “Boil Water Notice” in effect until samples pass the safe zone.

The EPD issued the notice for county customers last Thursday morning because a potential health hazard due to low-pressure areas. Water sitting in the line too long triggers the boil water mandate.

“We did lose pressure in our system. EPD requires us to do a boil water to protect everybody,” Kidd said Monday.

All citizens that experienced water outages or low water pressures were advised to boil all water for at least one minute prior to use for drinking, cooking or preparing baby food.

Kidd said the county water quality never became dangerous.

 

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