‘Code Red’ water restriction in Hopewell after pipes burst

The Tri-Cities

The City of Hopewell has issued a mandatory water restriction ‘until further notice.’

The city issued a ‘Code Red’ message Friday morning alerting residents that the city’s water company, Virginia American Water Company, was experiencing a ‘water emergency’ after losing power at its main pump station.

Company officials explained that as pipe workers were replacing at the facility burst at around 6 a.m., spilling millions of gallons of water.

“The water is safe to drink, and can be used for cooking and making baby formula. Please refrain from using water for non-essential activities such as laundry, car washing and lawn watering,” the company said in a release.

A spokesperson for Hopewell Schools said the district will be releasing students early on Friday and has developed a schedule for early dismissal:

“The following schedule was developed to ensure older children are dismissed first to minimize concerns around the supervision of younger siblings. As always, Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st grade students will only be released from the buses to the care of a responsible adult.  We apologize for the inconvenience and are working closely with City officials as they strive to remedy this situation immediately.”

The dismissal schedule will be as follows:

11:30 am: Carter G. Woodson Middle School and New Hope Academy 
12:00 pm: Hopewell High School and Dupont Elementary School
12:30 pm: Harry E. James and Patrick Copeland Elementary Schools
1:00 pm: Woodlawn Learning Center

More details will be released during a 10:30 a.m. press conference.

“Virginia American Water will notify you when the conservation notice is lifted. Virginia American Water is working to restore operations as quickly as possible. Thank you for your cooperation.”

Virginia American Water recommends the following steps:

•       Throw away uncooked food or beverages or ice cubes if made with tap water during the day of the advisory;

•       Keep boiled water in the refrigerator for drinking;

•       Rinse hand-washed dishes for a minute in diluted bleach (one tablespoon of household bleach per gallon of tap water) or clean your dishes in a dishwasher using the hot wash cycle and dry cycle. 

•       Do not swallow water while you are showering or bathing;

•       Provide pets with boiled water after cooling;

•       Do not use home filtering devices in place of boiling or using bottled water; most home water filters will not provide adequate protection from microorganisms;

•       Use only boiled water to treat minor injuries.

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