Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 16, 2013

Boil water advisory issued for Princeton area

PRINCETON — West Virginia American Water has issued a precautionary boil water advisory for approximately 200 customers Princeton. The affected area includes South Walker Street/Courthouse Road from South Avenue to the top of the hill on Bluefield/Princeton Road (including the City View Heights and Morningside subdivisions) as well as Old Bluefield/Princeton Road.

The advisory follows a water main break on South Walker Street/Courthouse Road, which crews are working to repair as quickly as possible. Water is expected to remain off for these customers for approximately eight hours until repairs are complete.

Princeton Primary, Princeton High School, Mercer County Technical Education Center and Princeton Day Alternative School dismissed at 9 a.m. Tuesday as a result of the outage. West Virginia American Water is providing a backup source of water for Princeton Health Care Center during this time.

Once service is restored, affected customers should boil their water before consumption until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms that may be present in the water. Customers are asked to bring water used for drinking, cooking, bathing, showering and brushing teeth to a full boil for a minimum of one minute, then cool before use.

West Virginia American Water also recommends the following steps:

• Throw away beverages and ice cubes if made with tap water.

• Keep boiled water in the refrigerator for drinking.

• Provide pets with boiled water after cooling.

• Do not use home filtering devices in place of boiling or using bottled water; most home water filters will not provide adequate protection from microorganisms.

• Use only boiled water to treat minor injuries.

• Once the system recovers, West Virginia American Water will be collecting additional water quality samples in the area of the outage. For more information, contact West Virginia American Water’s customer service center at 1-800-685-8660.


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