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Weather events cause water supply pressure drop, prompts advisory
In Virginia, the Prince William County Service Authority is advising residents and businesses located in the area of Woodbridge, bounded by Interstate 95 and Route 1, south of Occoquan Road and north of Prince William County Parkway, to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution. A drop in pressure in the area’s water supply has occurred due to the extreme weather events of Sept. 8 and 9. The main area of concern includes the neighborhoods of Marumsco Village, Millwood Estates, Maben Woods and Ashford.
This precautionary measure is recommended whenever a water system loses pressure for any significant length of time. The service authority is working around the clock to fully restore pressure and will take remedial actions such as flushing and collecting bacteriological samples from the system to determine when the water meets the state drinking water standards.
This boil water notice remains in effect until results from the sampling verify the water is safe to drink. Another notice will be issued when the boil water advisory has been lifted.
Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, beverage and food preparation, and making ice until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water, and is the preferred method to assure that the tap water is safe to drink. Bring all tap water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute and let it cool before using, or use bottled water.
More information is available at www.pwcsa.org.