Water Treatment Failure Leads to Boil-Water Advisory

Water customers in Montgomery County are being asked to conserve water and to either boil or use bottled water following a mechanical failure yesterday at the water treatment plant near Mount Gilead.

The mechanical failure was a break in a pipe between the finished water storage and the pump that sends water into the distribution system. Repairs are complete, but customers are still being asked to continue conserving water.

Because of the possibility for temporary contamination, county officials are also advising customers to use bottled water or to boil water for at least 1 minute before using until water quality testing is complete. County Utilities Director Chris Hildreth told WMTG this morning that the flushing of lines will take all day today, and that water sample analysis takes 24 hours. Hildreth says his department is “probably looking at Wednesday” before the boil advisory can be lifted.

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