Prince George County, Va. (WRIC) — Prince George County has issued a boil water advisory as a precaution due to a recent water main repair.
The Prince George County Water System is advising that residents do not drink tap water without boiling it first. Residents should also use boiled water or water bottles for cooking or drinking.
The advisory was posted to the county’s Facebook page around midnight on Dec. 1.
The county says the repair may have caused the system to be exposed to contamination. To fix the problem, the county said they are flushing, disinfecting and testing the water system.
“It’s only a precautionary measure,” said the county’s Director of Engineering & Utilities Frank Haltom. “We do not think there is anything wrong with the system. The repair that we were doing is now completed.”
The advisory comes as repairs at the Temple Avenue Bridge, along the Appomattox River, undergoes repairs. Prince George residents typically get their water from a plant along the river but have had to pull it from Petersburg during repairs.
The county’s water pressure fell below 20 PSI, which officials said could lead to contamination, with the the demand of Petersburg residents and new demand from Prince George County residents. Haltom said the county is not concerned about the water’s safety but precautions must be made.
“We don’t feel like the water is unsafe to drink,” Haltom told 8News, “but, it is a precautionary measure just in case, there is something in the water that got by during this repair.”
Repairs are expected to be done in the next couple of days and the water advisory will be in effect for the next three to five days.