Scott County resolving water outages; limited boil water advisory in effect

Holly Viers • Dec 12, 2018 at 3:21 PM

WEBER CITY — Scott County residents who experienced water outages due to the snowstorm should have normal water pressure by midnight tonight, according to estimates from the Scott County Public Service Authority.

Mike Dishman, executive director of the SCPSA, said AEP had restored power to all of the county’s water facilities by around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. That includes the two Cliff Mountain water booster pump stations.

“It was the power outage at the Cliff Mountain pump stations that resulted in the water outage,” Dishman said Wednesday afternoon. “Currently, we are refilling the system at a rate of about 500 gallons per minute, so our Cliff Mountain and Mabe/Stanleytown storage tanks and the water mains fed by those tanks that are empty will be refilling this (Wednesday) afternoon. We estimate that by midnight tonight (Wednesday) these two tanks will be full and all customers will have normal water pressure.”

Customers who experienced a water outage are under a boil water advisory, Dishman said. As stated on the SCPSA’s website, “The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) advises that in the event of a water outage, after water service is restored customers should take the precaution of not drinking their tap water without first heating the water to a rolling boil and holding it there for one minute. When your water comes back on, you should first open all the taps in your house and flush them until the water is clear. After flushing your faucets and other taps, VDH calls for the extra step of boiling the water before consuming. This precaution is due to the potential for the loss of pressure in a water system to allow contamination to enter the distribution pipes.”

“We will be collecting a series of bacteriological water samples from the affected areas over the next two to three days,” Dishman said, “and will lift the boil water advisory when the test results of all samples over two consecutive days are negative for coliform bacteria.”

For more information, visit scottcountypsa.myruralwater.com.