Residents are advised to boil water until microbiological tests confirm water is safe for consumption
DeKalb County, Ill., was under a boil-water advisory after an underground pipe broke near Buford Highway in Doraville, spilling approximately 100 million gal of water. DeKalb's watershed management director believed the drinking water line break was caused by a nearby storm sewer line that was leaking water. Over time, it eroded the earth around the transmission line and with no support underneath, the pipe broke under its own weight.
"A large diameter water main break is causing water pressure in parts of the water system to drop to dangerously low levels. When this occurs a potential health hazard may exist in these areas of zero pressure from backflow and/or back-siphonage of water of unknown quality into the water distribution system,” said DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond in a statement.
DeKalb’s two local animal shelters received an outpouring of bottled water donations in response to the boil-water advisory. Other local stocked up on bottled water, but after days of repairs, the water main has been repaired a full day ahead of schedule. The main was expected to be repaired by Friday, March 9, but repairs were completed the evening of Thursday, March 8.