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Emergency Water Outage – Sections of Hwy 17 Northbound – Friday, November 3, 2023

Emergency Water Outage

Update as of 10:00 PM on Friday, November 3, 2023: Due to the extent of the repair, a precautionary boil water advisory must be issued. 

What should I do?

  • DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a rolling boil for at least (3) three minutes, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. ALL STORED WATER, DRINK OR ICE MADE RECENTLY FROM THIS SUPPLY SHALL BE DISCARDED.
  • Bathing, showering and toilet flushing may be performed using water from the tap without boiling it first.
  • Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites which can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems.
  • The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.

What is a Boil Water Advisory? READ MORE HERE

The Brunswick water system lost pressure on the system serving sections of Hwy 17 (from Norman Street to Parkwood Drive including Riverside Drive) on Friday, November 3, 2023, due to a utility contractor severing a main. At this time, controlled shutdown procedures were taken to avoid the need for a boil water advisory.

This loss of pressure in the distribution system may cause back-pressure, back-siphonage, or a net movement of water from outside the pipe to the inside through cracks, breaks, or joints in the distribution system that are common in all water systems. Such a system failure carries with it a potential that bacterial contamination or other disease-causing organisms could enter the water distribution system. These conditions may pose an imminent and substantial health endangerment to persons served by the water system. During the period of pressure loss, water will also not be available for fire suppression use. The map below indicates the limit to which this outage applies:

Date distributed: 11/3/2023 3:59 PM