DeKalb County lifts boil water advisory

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 9, 2018

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This story has been updated. 

A boil water advisory in place in DeKalb County since Wednesday has been lifted.

Here’s the full announcement from DeKalb County:

The March 7, 2018, “boil water advisory” is hereby rescinded following the re-pressurization of the system and repair of the broken water main off Buford Highway. The water system has been restored to full operation and the microbiological quality of the water in the distribution system is safe for human consumption.

A county spokesperson said there’s no need to flush the lines before using tap water.

“Not necessary,” he said. “No contaminants were ever in [the] system.”

The news capped a chaotic week for the county. The boil water advisory has been in place since early Wednesday when a 48 inch main broke, shutting down Buford Highway and forcing schools to close. The county finished replacing the water main a day early and the announcement of the lifting of the boil water advisory happened a day earlier than expected as well.

Questions remain about why the main failed. The county is investigating. During a news conference on Wednesday, a county official said the break may have been caused by a storm sewer that collapsed.

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