Boil water advisory lifted in Hopewell

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HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) – There’s no longer a need to boil water in Hopewell. 

That’s according to a press release issued by Virginia American Water that states the boil water advisory has been lifted. 

The restriction impacted the city of Hopewell, as well as the subdivisions of New Birchett Estates, Cedar Creek, Cedar Creek West, Strattford Woods and Mullberry Woods in Prince George County over Easter weekend. 

Virginia American Water is asking customers to continue to conserve their water usage, however. 

“We are grateful to our customers for their ongoing cooperation as we ask them to continue to conserve water and curtail non-essential water use for the next 24 to 48 hours as the system rebuilds to regular operational strength,” said Barry Suits, president, Virginia American Water. 

Electricity to the water pumping system at the company’s Hopewell treatment facility has been restored through auxiliary power, and water pressure is normal, the statement read. There’s still no timetable on when the facility will return to normal operations.

The boil water advisory was issued on Friday, March 30 following a drop in water pressure due to an interruption in the operation of Virginia American Water’s Hopewell treatment facility.

Customers may no longer need to boil their water, but should flush household pipes, ice makers and water fountains prior to using for drinking or cooking by using the following guidelines:

  •  Run a cold water faucet in your home for 3-5 minutes.
  • To flush automatic ice makers, make three batches of ice and discard.
  • Run water softeners through a regeneration cycle. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines specified in the owner’s manual. 
  • Run drinking water fountains for one minute at the highest flow rate possible.   

Drinking water distribution at Hopewell High School and Carter G. Woodson Middle School will end at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Anyone with questions should call 1-800-452-6863. Additional information is also available on Virginia American Water’s website at, under the Alerts Notifications section.

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