Atlanta lifts boil-water advisory for all areas

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The City of Atlanta had ended a boil-water advisory for all areas, which started on Monday, Dec. 3.

Officials told FOX 5 samples taken in the areas showed no contamination, making it OK for water to be used without boiling. 

The advisory where residents are now told to boil their tap water before drinking or take other precautions spanned from Hapeville to the south, Buford Highway to the north west of Moreland Avenue and east of Interstate 285.

An issue at an Atlanta pump station caused water customers in the city to have no water or low water pressure Monday morning, forcing the city to call for immediate water restrictions and issue a boil water advisory.

According to a news release from the Mayor’s Office, a control issue at the Hemphill Pump Station caused no or low water pressure.

Officials said crews with the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management were performing routine maintenance when the work triggered a process control alarm, shutting off the pumps for an hour.

The Department of Watershed Management called for immediate water restrictions for critical use only to allow pressure to rebuild in the system, once the pumps are restored to service.

To rebuild pressure, the city issued the boil water advisory.

Officials have already begun collecting water samples in the impacted area. Officials recommend you allow water to run for a minimum of two to four minutes to flush the line if your water is a brown color.

One of the areas experiencing problems was downtown Atlanta, where Georgia State University reported some water outages.

FOX 5 has heard from water customers in Inman Park, Old Fourth Ward and Reynoldstown who say they have no water.

For a list of Atlanta public schools and facilities impacted by the boil water order, click here.

If you are concerned about your health, contact your local health department.

The City of Atlanta released a list of questions and answers about the boil advisory (text below): 

"Can I use tap water to wash my hands? Yes.
 
Can I use tap water to brush my teeth? No. Use boiled water to brush your teeth. If you consume the water, it should be boiled.
 
Is it safe to take a shower or bath? Yes.
 
What about doing laundry? Yes, you can wash laundry.  
 
Can I use my coffee maker, ice machine, water dispenser, or soda dispenser? No. Do not use water from any appliance connected to your water lines. This includes the water and ice dispensers in your refrigerator/freezer and dishwasher. If your appliance is not connected to your water line (e.g., a free standing coffee maker), you can use it, but use boiled water for consumption. When the advisory is lifted, consult the owner's manual to find out how to flush and sanitize appliances.
 
Can I use ice from my refrigerator/freezer? No. Do not use ice from ice trays, ice dispensers, or ice makers. Throw out all ice made with tap water.
 
Can I use tap water to cook food (such as pasta, rice, noodles, etc.)? No. Until you receive updated instruction from local officials, boiled water should be used for food preparation.
 
What should I do about preparing food and beverages? How should I wash fruit, vegetables, and food preparation surfaces? Wash fruits and vegetables with boiled water. Prepare drinks, such as coffee, tea, and lemonade with boiled water. Wash food preparation surfaces with boiled water.
 
What should I do about feeding my baby? Breastfeeding is best. Continue to breastfeed. If breastfeeding is not an option, use ready- to-use baby formula, if possible. Prepare powdered or concentrated baby formula with boiled water. Wash and sterilize bottles and nipples with boiled water before use. If you cannot sterilize bottles, try to use single-serve, ready-to-feed bottles.   How do I wash dishes? Use disposable plates, cups, and utensils, if possible. If you do not have disposable dishes, wash dishes by hand and use only boiled water and dish soap.
 
What should I do if already drank the water? If you are concerned about your health or the health of a family member, contact your local health department.
 
Should I give my pets boiled water? Pets can get some of the same diseases as people, so it is a good idea to give them boiled water, as well.
 
Do I need to worry about my fish or aquatic pets (e.g., reptiles, frogs)? Contact your local pet store or veterinarian for more advice.
 
Is it safe to water my garden and house plants? Follow the guidance of your local health authorities for advice on using tap water for household plants and gardens." 

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