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Water service restored, boil water advisory canceled

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The Anderson Regional Joint Water System. (June 24, 2014/FOX Carolina) The Anderson Regional Joint Water System. (June 24, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Firefighters supply AnMed with water during advisory. (June 26, 2014/FOX Carolina) Firefighters supply AnMed with water during advisory. (June 26, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Water was sold out at the CVS in Anderson on Governors Blvd. on Thursday. (June 26, 2014/FOX Carolina) Water was sold out at the CVS in Anderson on Governors Blvd. on Thursday. (June 26, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Pump station that is damaged. (June 25, 2014/FOX Carolina) Pump station that is damaged. (June 25, 2014/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Anderson Regional Joint Water System said they have repealed a boil advisory on Friday, the day after repairs were made and the plant was operating normally.

The water system had previously told customers to only "use water for essential purposes" and boil water until further notice after the pipe ruptured Wednesday night, but as of 1:30 p.m. on Friday, they said testing showed favorable results and it was no longer necessary for residents to boil water before consuming.

The advisory was in effect since Wednesday night for the following water districts and residents: 

  • Big Creek Water District
  • Broadway Water District
  • City of Clemson
  • Clemson University
  • Electric City Utilities
  • Hammond Water District
  • Homeland Park
  • Sandy Springs Water District
  • Starr-Iva Water District
  • Town of Pendleton
  • Town of Williamston
  • West Anderson Water District

Residents of the above districts/water utilities were advised to vigorously boil their water for at least one minute prior to drinking and cooking, conserve as much water as possible and limit all non-essential water usage until further notice.

A pipe ruptured at a Joint Water System pumping station, prompting the warning, and is not connected to the water color and odor problems customers had been experiencing, officials said.

Early Thursday morning, repairs were made to the pipe and crews were working to get the facility back online, according to Anderson Regional Joint Water System's Executive Director Scott Willett.

As of 8 p.m. Thursday, Willett said the pump station was operating normally, which means pumping about 30 million gallons of water a day.

Willett said water was being treated and that test samples showed the water was safe.

Air may be trapped in the water supply system, and Willet said if homeowners experience pressure problems, they should open a faucet at the highest point in their homes and hold it open until water begins to flow normally.

A 45-year-old pipe ruptured, causing the water outage, Willett said. The pipe was 36 inches in diameter and had five pumps attached to it. Stress from continual use over the years caused the pipe to rupture, Willett said.

AnMed Health Medical Center in Anderson said local fire departments stopped supplying water to keep the center's heating and air conditioning units running properly Thursday evening. They said all patients and staff were drinking bottled water Thursday.

The Joint Water System said customers can call 864-226-9676 with any questions or concerns.

Not all Anderson County residents effected

If you are a customer of the City of Belton Water Department - if you pay your bill to the city of Belton - the boil water advisory does not apply to you. The city of Belton receives water from the Belton Honea Path Water Authority and that source has not been affected.

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