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City of Atlanta issues boil water advisory


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This story has been updated. 

The city of Atlanta has issued a boil water advisory this morning, July 6.

Decaturish has received several reports of low pressure and brown water coming out of faucets. The boil water advisory is in effect until further notice. It includes South Fulton County, East to Moreland Avenue and west of downtown. Affected areas include Cabbagetown, Edgewood, Old Fourth Ward, West End, Peoplestown, Reynoldstown, Mechanicsville, Summerhill and Avon Avenue. The advisory is likely to affect service at local restaurants.

To see a map of the affected areas, click here.

“Customers in these areas should boil water for one minute past a rolling boil before using it for cooking, drinking or brushing teeth. Infants, the elderly and those with immune deficiencies should be particularly careful,” an advisory from the city says. “If you experienced a loss of water at your address but your address is not within the area described, you may want to follow these precautions.”

The issue was caused by a power outage at the city’s Hemphill High Service Pump Station which caused a drop in pressure. The system was restored within 40 minutes.

“The Department of Watershed Management will follow its flushing protocols for the system as a precaution and will sample the affected zones to affirm that there is no contamination in the system,” the advisory from the city says. “The Georgia Environmental Protection Division will advise the Department of Watershed Management when the advisory can be lifted.”

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