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UPDATE: Boil water advisory lifted

UPDATE:  The boil water advisory has been lifted for all of Rockdale County as of 9:48 a.m., as per Wayne Jackson of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. Residents can go back to using water for drinking, cooking, preparing baby food and other consumption.


(11:41 a.m., June 7) The boil water advisory will remain in place pending the results of tests for water quality, which will come back Sunday morning. The test was performed early Saturday morning and it takes 24 hours for the results, explained RWR Deputy Director Terrell Gibbs. Once the test comes back negative for bacteria, the boil water advisory will be lifted, said Gibbs.


(12:50 a.m. June 7) Rockdale Water Resources is issuing a boil water advisory until further notice.

Friday evening's severe thunderstorm reportedly damaged the water plant's automated system that regulates distribution pressure, according to a statement. Pressure fell briefly below the level required by Georgia Environmental Protection Division before being restored.

When water pressure in the distribution system falls below the acceptable level, a potential health hazard may result, according to the statement. Areas that experience the low pressure may be subject to experiencing backflow or back-siphonage of water of unknown quality into their water distribution system and ultimately their drinking water.

In order to protect the public from a potential health hazard and as a precautionary measure, all Rockdale County residents rare advised to boil all tap water prior to use for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby food. The water should be boiled for at least one minute after reaching a rolling boil.

Residents should continue to boil their water until they are notified by Rockdale Water Resources that the water system has been tested and verified that the microbiological quality of water in the RWR distribution system is safe for human consumption.

During the weekend Rockdale Water Resources personnel can be contacted by calling 770-278-7485. During the week Rockdale Water Resources personnel may be contacted at either 770-278-7400 or 770-278-7450 for additional information.