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Broad Street boil water notice may soon be lifted

January 3, 2013

No one really fancies the idea of boiling their tap water, especially if that means boiling the water for six or seven days. But for safety reasons, boiling water is the very step residents must take if they’re water supply has been affected by underground construction, a malfunction of the check valve or any other factor that may contaminate the water.
While it is unclear when the boil water notice for the Siloam Water Association-Beasley Well will be lifted, the city of West Point believes the 40 residents on Broad Street, who have been under a boil water notice since last Friday, won’t have to boil their water any longer after Saturday.
West Point Water and Light Superintendent Dwight Prisock said the Broad Street boil water advisory only effects those on the 800 block of Broad Street and several houses on Calhoun Street that meets Broad Street.
These residents have been under the boil water notice due to the construction at East Side Elementary School that required city officials to shut the water off for a while.
“Any time the pressure goes off line we’re supposed to do a boil notice just for safety,” Prisock said.
Officials believe the boil water notice for Broad Street would have been lifted earlier, but the Mississippi Department of Health was closed several days for the holidays and weren’t able to run tests on the water earlier this week. Tests are now being run, and the city of West Point should receive notice today advising them if the water is safe for consumption. Prisock said he doesn’t believe there is a problem, and once the test results are in Broad Street residents, who are under the advisory, will be notified.
Siloam Water Association officials said Thursday that the 906 Siloam customers who are under a boil water notice were switched to a backup well after the well they were previously on went out. Officials say that well is now under repair.
Samples of water from the Siloam Water Association-Beasley Well were sent Thursday to the Mississippi Department of Health and more samples will be sent today. Officials from Siloam said the fact that the Health Department has been closed for the holidays has also put the association behind in sending the samples and getting them back in a more time efficient manner. Siloam residents under the water advisory will be notified once the advisory is lifted.

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