NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A boil water advisory that was in effect for a few Rosemont Subdivision customers has been lifted, the Charleston Water System says.
Most customers in the subdivision were notified the advisory had been lifted, but fewer than 10 were notified that they should continue boiling their water before use until remaining test results were in.
Those results have confirmed the water is safe to drink.
The advisory originally applied to approximately 180 residential and 40 commercial customers in the area from King St. Extension between Braswell Street and Baker Hospital Road, west to the Ashley River.
According to officials, the advisory was issued following a period of low pressure resulting from a 24-inch water main break that occurred at 4:12 p.m. Wednesday near Southern Lumber on King Street in North Charleston.
CWS officials also released the additional information:
While this advisory is in effect, customers are urged to follow these instructions:
Boil tap water vigorously for at least one minute and then let it cool before using it for cooking, drinking, making ice, washing uncooked foods, brushing teeth, and giving to pets.
The minute starts once the water comes to a rolling boil.
Children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are most likely to become sick if bacteria is present in the water.
Water filters may not protect against bacteria. Check with the manufacturer, and if in doubt, boil your water.
Throw away ice made during this advisory.
Dishwashers and coffee makers do not get hot enough to kill bacteria.
Tap water is safe to use for laundry and showering.
Customers are urged to share this information with those who may not have received this message directly, such as those in apartments, office buildings and schools. Building managers are urged to post this advisory near water fountains, sinks and ice machines.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) requires water utilities to issue a boil water advisory when an event occurs that allows the possibility for bacteria to enter the public water system—typically a loss of system pressure or a major water main break. A sudden drop in pressure could allow groundwater or water from homes and businesses to enter the public water system via backflow.
For more information, call CWS at (843) 727-6800 or visit www.charlestonwater.com.