The Department of Watershed Management has issued a boil water advisory out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with Georgia EPD guidance for public advisory. Out of an abundance caution to protect the public from a potential health hazard, all residents and property owners that have experienced water outages and/or low water pressures are advised to boil all water prior to use, or use bottled water, for drinking, cooking, preparing baby food or brushing teeth. The water should be boiled for one minute past a rolling boil. Infants, the elderly and those with immune deficiencies should be particularly cautious. Do not drink water from public water fountains in the impacted area.
The boil water advisory is issued for areas in the City of South Fulton, Union City and the City of Fairburn as well as a portion of southwest Atlanta along Cascade Road SW and Benjamin E Mays Dr. SW between Avon Avenue SW and Fairburn Rd SW.
Vigorous hand washing or showers with soap and tap water should be safe for basic personal hygiene. However, if washing hands to prepare food, use boiled (then cooled) water along with handwashing soap.
While the system has returned to normal operations, the public should continue to boil their water or use bottled water until the boil water advisory is lifted. If you experienced a loss of water at your address but your address is not within the area described, the City recommends you follow these precautions.
Loss of power at the Adamsville Pump Station triggered a temporary loss of pressure in a portion of the drinking water system serving S of southwest Atlanta, City of South Fulton, Union City and City of Fairburn. The system was restored to normal operations and water pressure within approximately 70 minutes.
The Department of Watershed Management will follow its flushing protocols for the system as a precaution and will initiate sampling of the affected zones to affirm the distribution system water quality has not been compromised. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has been contacted and will be consulted to lift the boil water advisory when samples are returned.
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