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It’s okay to drink the water

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

You can drink that tall glass of water again without having to turn on the stove.

Pulaski County Public Service Authority and the town of Pulaski lifted their boil water notices Tuesday after receiving confirmation that a second test of the water determined it to be safe for consumption.

“We are pleased to report that the problem has been corrected and that it is no longer necessary to boil your water for drinking, beverage and food preparation, and making ice. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience,” states a jointly issued notice sent out Tuesday afternoon.

Town of Pulaski residents and some PSA customers lost water service Friday as a result of the power outages caused by Thursday night’s winter storm. Power was restored to both water plants Saturday, but customers were advised to boil water before consuming it as a precaution.

To help residents without power to operate their wells and those under the boil notice, American Red Cross and Pulaski Emergency Management distributed 66,000 bottles of water to residents between Saturday evening and Monday.

More than 8,000 Appalachian Power Co. customers were without power in Pulaski County Friday morning. As of 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, 165 county customers were still without power, according to APCo’s website.

The company anticipated having most power back on by late Tuesday night. However, it advised that there could be some scattered outages remaining over the next few days. Most of those remaining are outages affecting a single home or business.

Customers are encouraged to re-report outages if they have not done so in the past 24 hours. Outages may be reported on-line at AppalachianPower.com or by calling the 24-hour Customer Solutions Center at 1-800-956-4237.

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