Petersburg residents affected by the water main break are being urged to continue to boil all drinking water until further notice.
The water is being tested by the Appomattox River Water Authority to determine the quality. Until testing is complete, all drinking water should be boiled.
This follows more than 48 hours of repairs to a main water line break
near the intersection of South Crater Road and Morton Avenue. Water pressure to homes and businesses in the affected area is back to normal.
This problem could happen again at any time due to the aging infrastructure in Petersburg.
That's not news to Petersburg officials. They say they have been focused on updating water pipes already.
"What we learned is that we are on the right path of accessing our infrastructure to be able to identify what our needs are and develop a plan so we can start making these improvements," says Steven Hicks, Director of Public Works.
Hicks says all things considered he's happy with the way his team has handled the situation.
"We learned we have a great group of folks that know and have a lot of knowledge of what they are doing. Two, I learned that the surrounding jurisdictions are very supportive and they lean their assistance."
The City of Petersburg is partnering with the Food Lion located at 2120 South Crater Road to continue to distribute free water to residents. Two gallons of water will be given to each family.
Residents and businesses with questions about water usage should call 804-733-2349. Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of RichmondRelated Stories: