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Culpeper residents asked to boil water
A 12-inch water main on Blue Ridge Avenue in the Town of Culpeper failed Monday night, causing a widespread disruption of service to residents in the southern end of town.
Town of Culpeper officials have issued a boil water advisory to customers in the south end of town affected by low water pressure and loss of service due to the water main break.
According to Town of Culpeper spokesman Wally Bunker, the area of the water main break along Blue Ridge Avenue was identified and isolated Monday night. Partial water service had been restored by 11p.m. to all but about 50 residential customers and Safeway.
Customers at the south end of the town of Culpeper are being asked to boil their water until further notice.
The request comes after a 12-inch water main broke Monday night in the vicinity of Blue Ridge Avenue near the Southgate Shopping Center.
Service was restored to most customers within several hours of the break but areas such as Highpoint, Southridge, Three Flags, Friendship Heights, Sunset Lane (including the Culpeper Regional Hospital) and the Culpeper Baptist Retirement Community (in the county) still had low water pressure as of Tuesday morning.
“Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, beverage and food preparation, and making ice until further notice,” said water plant operations manager Chris Hively. “Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Boiling is the preferred method to assure that the tap water is safe to drink. Bring all tap water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water.”