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Boil water advisory in effect in Arab

Arab Water Works also supplied bottled water for affected customers.

Posted: Oct 7, 2021 2:20 PM
Updated: Oct 7, 2021 3:07 PM

Right now, Arab Water Works is working to restore water lines broken during Wednesday's torrential flooding.

Heavy rain Wednesday washed out roadways and broke several pipes. People are urged to boil water for cleaning and eating for the next 48 hours if bottled water is not available.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says even filtered tap water should be brought to a full, rolling boil for one minute before being used for cooking, bathing, brushing teeth, drinking water for humans or pets and other uses. The CDC further advises against using water from an appliance connected to the home's water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator. 

Residents can still use soap and tap water to wash their hands but should be careful not to swallow water when bathing or showering, according to the CDC, and to consider sponge-bathing children to lower the chances of them swallowing water.

The Arab Water Works Manager Ted Hyatt said they’re working as fast as they can to get safe water flowing back into homes. Joppa, Hulaco and Ryan Water Authority are also urging their customers to boil water or drink bottled water.

"It's a major deal," Hyatt said. "We had to sit around for three hours because we couldn't even get out and check. We had to wait for the water to recede before we could see the pipes."

Hyatt said the Hopewell and Strawberry communities experienced heavy pipe busts. 

Bottled water has been provided at Arab Parks and Recreation Center for customers of Arab Water Works who have been affected by flooding. It will be available until 9 p.m. Thursday or while supplies last. Limit one case per household.

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