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Shepherdstown water advisory remains in effect

Test results of samples expected today

Test results of samples expected today

November 26, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - A boil-water advisory for people who get their drinking water from the town of Shepherdstown is expected to remain in effect until at least today, a town official said Monday.

The boil-water advisory was posted after a 12-inch water line broke along Shepherd Grade Road near the Willowdale subdivision last Wednesday.

Although the line was repaired later that day, the boil-water advisory has remained in effect.

Although town officials do not suspect any problems with the water, the advisory is meant to protect customers in case contaminants entered the system when the line was broken, Bill Myers, the head of the town's water plant, said Monday.

Customers are being advised to boil the town's water three to five minutes before consuming it.

Samples of the town's water have been sent to the Jefferson County Health Department for testing, the results of which are expected to be available today, Myers said.

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Shepherdstown Elementary School and Shepherdstown Middle School were closed Monday because of the boil-water advisory but health department officials have said it is OK to open the schools today, Jefferson County Schools officials said.

Bottled water will be available at both schools today as a precautionary measure and the school's kitchens will operate under the boil-water advisory, school officials said.

The water line that broke was installed in the 1970s and Mayor Lance Dom attributed the break to its age.

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