The 16-inch main water line near the intersection of South Crater Road and Morton Avenue broke, interuppting water service for thousands.
PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) -
Following more than 48 hours of repairs to a water main break, Petersburg residents are no longer required to boil their drinking water.
Thursday evening, the City of Petersburg said in a release that samples tested by the Appomattox River Water Authority have reported that the water is safe. Numerous samples were tested, and none of them contained coliform bacteria.
The water main ruptured April 7, leaving thousands in the area without water. Initially, the water main break at the intersection of South Crater Road and Morton Avenue impacted only the eastern part of the city, from South Sycamore Street and North Boulevard to the Prince George County border. By Monday evening, that area had expanded: residents all over the city were asked to boil their water, especially if they noticed low water pressure.
Crews worked throughout the day Monday to repair the 16-inch main water line. While the work was expected to be completed by 10 p.m. Monday, officials said later in the day that it could be as late at 1 a.m. Tuesday before the issue is resolved. Water was restored to many residents by Tuesday evening.
Petersburg and Vernon Johns Jr. High Schools closed early on Tuesday due to the water main break, while Walnut Hill Elementary was closed all day.
Southside Regional Medical Center was one of the businesses impacted by the water main break. A spokesperson told ABC 8News that they had to bring in extra water, so patients would have what they needed. Still, the facility was able to keep functioning.
The City gave free bottles of water to citizens Tuesday morning.
A portion of the release from the city of Petersburg reads: ?"Petersburg thanks its citizens and businesses for their patience and thanks Food Lion for contributing free water."
Residents or businesses with questions about their water should call 804-733-2349. Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond