WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Residents of the Hickory Hills subdivision in West Ashley no longer need to boil their tap water before using it, Charleston Water System officials say.
The advisory was issued Tuesday night as a precaution following an 8-inch water main break on Bees Ferry Road that shut down water service for Hickory Hills. The break happened near Still Shadow Drive in West Ashley as a contractor performed work on the Bees Ferry Road widening project, according to a press release.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control requires utilities to issue precautionary boil water advisories after a water outage because a drop in water pressure allows the potential for bacteria in groundwater or backflow to enter the public water system, according to water system officials.
Boil water advisories are typically in effect for about 24 hours, which is the time it takes to confirm via lab results that the water is safe to drink.