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Dept. of Health Asks Lake Monticello Residents to Boil Drinking Water After Water Outage

By: Cheryn Stone Email
By: Cheryn Stone Email

November 19, 2009

A water outage affects hundreds of people in the Lake Monticello area. Now the Department of Health has a warning.

A major water main break in Fluvanna County is affecting all of Lake Monticello. Residents are having low water pressure, expected to continue for several hours.

It started early Thursday morning in the area of Brougham Road in Lake Monticello. The Police Chief there tells the Newsplex that water pressure was turned off for everyone in the community, that's 4200 homes.

Lake Monticello's Police Chief, Tom Boisvert says it will take hours to repair the break, but they're hoping to have water restored for everyone by 3:00 pm Thursday. The heavy rains aren't helping.

"They've been trying to deal with the issue of shutting the water off. Of course in this weather it's hard to get the hole without water in it so they're going to deal with that issue. I think they've got it controlled, and they need to dig it up and make the repair," says Chief Boisvert

The Virginia Department of Health is issuing a boil notice to Aqua-Virginia Water customers connected with this low pressure water problem. They say low water pressure can introduce contaminants into the system, so use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking or cooking as a precaution.

It could be hours before everyone has water restored, but the Department of Health says you should keep boiling your water until Saturday, November 21st.

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