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Water problems persist

Pulaski County Public Service Authority customers who were without water at any time Tuesday are being advised to boil their water for the next 24 to 48 hours if using it for consumption purposes.
According to a notice issued late Tuesday, failure to boil the water could result in stomach or intestinal illness. It is only necessary to boil the water if it is being used for drinking, beverage or food preparation, or making ice.
The boil notice is the result of Tuesday’s need to stop producing water at the PSA plant at Claytor Lake. Recent flooding has washed a large amount of debris into the lake, forcing the PSA to stop pumping water.
Since the plant had to cease production of water Tuesday, PSA customers were asked to limit water usage. In most cases a small amount of water was still available at PSA homes. However, any residence that was without water experienced a loss of pressure in the system (dewatering) that may allow contamination to enter the system.
Water must be brought to a rolling boil for one minute to be safe for consumption.
As of this morning, the PSA was once again producing water at a rate of about 75 percent capacity. While this newly produced water is safe for consumption in residences that did not experience a loss of water flow Tuesday, the PSA advises that customers may notice a slight chlorine smell or a milky or light brown tent to the water. This is normal and is not a reason for concern.
With the water flow resuming, customers may notice a slight chlorine smell and milky or light brown tint to their water. This is a normal result following this type of water situation and customers should not be alarmed.
Water pressure is slowly being restored to the system, but the PSA advised it could be noon today before all customers had water service restored.
Those who do not have water or do not want to boil water for consumption may obtain one gallon of bottled drinking water per person in their household today at Pulaski Fire Department and Dublin Fire Department. The water will be available beginning at 7 a.m.
Pulaski County Emergency Services Director Bobby Clark said Tuesday that the county had worked with Virginia Department of Emergency Management to have about 15,000 gallons of bottled water brought to the county. He said the water was left over from emergency supplies provided to Southwestern Virginia residents during extended power outages resulting from the Dec. 18 snowstorm.
Plans were also being arranged with Wal-Mart for additional water in the event the PSA was unable to produce water for several days.
For more information on the water situation, call Robert Hiss at 540-980-7708.
Only customers who are serviced by the county PSA are affected by the water situation. That includes county residents who do not have wells, residents of the Town of Dublin and residents of Newbern Heights Subdivision.
The Town of Pulaski is not affected.

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Water problems persist

Pulaski County Public Service Authority customers who were without water at any time Tuesday are being advised to boil their water for the next 24 to 48 hours if using it for consumption purposes.
According to a notice issued late Tuesday, failure to boil the water could result in stomach or intestinal illness. It is only necessary to boil the water if it is being used for drinking, beverage or food preparation, or making ice.
The boil notice is the result of Tuesday’s need to stop producing water at the PSA plant at Claytor Lake. Recent flooding has washed a large amount of debris into the lake, forcing the PSA to stop pumping water.
Since the plant had to cease production of water Tuesday, PSA customers were asked to limit water usage. In most cases a small amount of water was still available at PSA homes. However, any residence that was without water experienced a loss of pressure in the system (dewatering) that may allow contamination to enter the system.
Water must be brought to a rolling boil for one minute to be safe for consumption.
As of this morning, the PSA was once again producing water at a rate of about 75 percent capacity. While this newly produced water is safe for consumption in residences that did not experience a loss of water flow Tuesday, the PSA advises that customers may notice a slight chlorine smell or a milky or light brown tent to the water. This is normal and is not a reason for concern.
With the water flow resuming, customers may notice a slight chlorine smell and milky or light brown tint to their water. This is a normal result following this type of water situation and customers should not be alarmed.
Water pressure is slowly being restored to the system, but the PSA advised it could be noon today before all customers had water service restored.
Those who do not have water or do not want to boil water for consumption may obtain one gallon of bottled drinking water per person in their household today at Pulaski Fire Department and Dublin Fire Department. The water will be available beginning at 7 a.m.
Pulaski County Emergency Services Director Bobby Clark said Tuesday that the county had worked with Virginia Department of Emergency Management to have about 15,000 gallons of bottled water brought to the county. He said the water was left over from emergency supplies provided to Southwestern Virginia residents during extended power outages resulting from the Dec. 18 snowstorm.
Plans were also being arranged with Wal-Mart for additional water in the event the PSA was unable to produce water for several days.
For more information on the water situation, call Robert Hiss at 540-980-7708.
Only customers who are serviced by the county PSA are affected by the water situation. That includes county residents who do not have wells, residents of the Town of Dublin and residents of Newbern Heights Subdivision.
The Town of Pulaski is not affected.

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