Boil-water advisory issued in Clear Spring

December 14, 2004|by MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING - A boil-water advisory was issued Sunday for customers of the Clear Spring water treatment plant because of a malfunctioning chlorinator.

"The problem was fixed right away Sunday morning," Mayor Paul Hose Jr. said at Monday night's monthly meeting. Hose said that because the chlorine residual was found to be below recommended levels for drinking for at least the previous 12 hours, the advisory was necessary.

Notices were hand delivered to all town water customers Sunday advising them of the situation and explaining what steps were needed to ensure that the water was safe for drinking, cooking, making ice and brushing teeth.


On Monday, a letter went home with all schoolchildren in case some customers had been missed.

Customers were told to boil all water for at least one minute for the above-mentioned uses. After boiling, the water should be allowed to cool before using.

Water for bathing and laundry need not be boiled before use, Hose said.

Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said that after 48 hours of testing, the advisory should be lifted today. When the advisory is lifted, notices again will be hand delivered to all water customers informing them that the boil-water advisory no longer is necessary, she said.

Among those delivering the notices Sunday were Hose, his wife Toni, Grimm, and newly elected Councilman Steve Blickenstaff's wife, Glenda, and their daughter, Sarah, 9.

"The Washington County Health Department notified all the businesses on the water system of the advisory," Hose said.

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