DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - DeKalb County said they have lifted the Boil Water Advisory two days after a massive break along a 48-inch transmission line.
Repairs were completed on the 48-inch water main along Buford Highway that broke Wednesday morning. DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond told FOX 5 that the broken section of pipe was fully repaired Friday morning, about 24 hours ahead of schedule.
The damaged section of main was 60 feet long and 4 feet in diameter.
Gushing water turned Buford Highway into a river during the morning commute Wednesday, and many businesses had low pressure or no water afterward. The torrent was capped several hours after the break was reported, but it caused major problems. Schools, businesses, and even government offices were forced to close because they were without water to provide services.
Businesses along the busy Buford Highway corridor, known for its ecliptic authentic cultural eateries and restaurants, stood empty, unable to use their municipal water supply for cooking or cleaning.
The Boil Water Advisory, which had been in place since the break was discovered, was lifted Friday afternoon after the Georgia Environmental Protection Division gave the green light. The agency reviewed a series of microbiological test results taken from areas throughout the county to make that determination.
During a press conference Friday afternoon, the Dekalb County CEO Michael L. Thurmond praised the several county agencies for their efforts through the crisis. Thurmond said their hard work cut the time needed to bring the water system back up to standards and to carry the emergencies services through the Boil Water Advisory.
The CEO also took several sips of water during the press conference.
The press conference ended with the CEO once again taking a sip of water and shaking the hands of those he invited to speak.