CHATHAM — Drinking town water today could result in stomach or intestinal illness.
The Virginia Department of Health in conjunction with the Pittsylvania County Health Department and the Town of Chatham are advising residents and businesses in the Town of Chatham and the Tightsqueeze, Green Rock Correctional Facility, the Tightsqueeze Industrial Park, the High, Middle and Elementary Schools service areas to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution.
This precaution is necessary because of the water line break near the center of Town in the vicinity of Carter Street and Rt. 57 at approximately 2: p.m. yesterday, affecting all customers of the Town of Chatham waterworks.
The water line break has been repaired and water service has been re-established.
A Boil Water Notice is effective immediately and must remain in place, until further notice.
Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Boiling is the preferred method to assure that the tap water is safe to drink.
Officials recommend bringing all tap water to a rolling boil, letting it boil for one minute and then cool before using, or use bottled water.
If you cannot boil your tap water….
An alternative method of purification for residents that do not have gas or electricity available is to use liquid household bleach to disinfect water. The bleach product should be recently purchased, free of additives and scents, and should contain a hypochlorite solution of at least 5.25 percent. Public health officials recommend adding 8 drops of bleach (about ¼ teaspoon) to each gallon of water. The water should be stirred and allowed to stand for at least 30 minutes before use.
Water purification tablets may also be used by following the manufacturer’s instructions.
"We will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water," officials said this morning. "To address possible contamination issues after water service is restored, the water lines will be flushed and disinfected. Bacteriological samples will be collected to ensure water quality is satisfactory. Based on estimated time for disinfection, flushing and testing, the Boil Water Notice may remain effective until on or about noon on Monday, Oct. 26."