Boil water advisory for portions of Richmond Hill

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Published: May. 12, 2022 at 6:08 AM EDT
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RICHMOND HILL, Ga. (WTOC) - The City of Richmond Hill is advising residents in the Turtle Hill subdivision and Timber Trail Townhomes to bring any drinking or cooking water to a roiling boil for a minute before use.

The City says this is due to a temporary loss of water pressure which may have disrupted water supply or caused water pressure in parts of the water system to drop to very low levels. The advisory is being issued out of an abundance of caution.

They say there is the potential a health hazard may exist due to microbial contamination in these areas with a loss of positive pressure.

To properly boil tap water for use, you should:

• Heat water until bubbles come quickly from the bottom of the container;

• Continue heating the water for one minute once it begins to boil;

• Remove the water from the heat source and allow to cool before use.

During a Boil Water Advisory, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that boiled tap water or bottled water be used for following:

• Drinking

• Brushing teeth

• Washing food and preparing food and baby formula

• Making ice

• Drinking water for pets

Other activities such as cloth washing, dish washing and other uses can be done without boiling tap water, if done properly.

The advisory is in effect until the City of Richmond Hill Water Department has done the appropriate testing to be confident that there is no longer a public health concern. They say customers will be notified immediately when the advisory is lifted. Once the advisory is lifted, you should flush all faucets for a minimum of two minutes before using for drinking or food preparation.

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