Water restored, boil water advisory lifted for customers in Westminster


UPDATE (4/25/19 4:30 p.m.): 

The City of Westminster Utility Department lifted the boil water advisory that was originally issued on Monday.

The following areas are no longer under a boil water advisory: 

  • Jenkins Bridge Rd
  • Dixon Rd
  • Singleton Rd
  • Hopewell Church Rd
  • Baldwin Pointe
  • Horseshoe Bend
  • Toccoa Hwy From Singleton Rd, Rivoli Point/Low Country
  • Cleveland Pike Rd
  • Bridge Rd
  • Ken-Pat Acres
  • Madison Shores

Anyone with questions regarding the repeal can call the the water treatment plant at (864) 647-3219. 

WESTMINSTER, SC (WSPA) – City of Westminster officials issued a boil water advisory on Monday after crews completed a permanent re-routing of the water line between points west of Singleton Road and Highway 123 back to the water source.

We reported on Sunday that nearly 300 households were without water after a water line broke causing a washout along Highway 123.

In February, the state was doing repairs on Highway 123, also known as Toccoa Highway, when the north side of the road collapsed and ripped the waterline. 

A temporary waterline was put in, but it didn’t hold up in the aftermath of Friday’s storm. The waterline ripped apart when the other side of the road collapsed Saturday afternoon.

Chris Carter is the Westminster City Administrator, he says, “These two contributions made it possible. What we thought might a 4 day outage, took less then 48 hours.”

According to Carter officials were already working on an alternate water line before the force of the water over the weekend, washed out the road and broke the water pipe. Now officials are trying to figure out how to cover the extra cost. 

Mr. Carter says, “sometimes you have to worry about cost as a separate consideration, when you have that kind of inconvenience and hardship.”

According to the city’s Facebook post, approximately 300 households have been without water service since Saturday afternoon at around 3:30 p.m.

We learned Monday afternoon that water had been restored, but a boil water advisory was issued for customers impacted.

The boil water advisory will allow water use for sanitary purposes, but recommends that people boil water 1 minute before consuming.

On Monday at a blow off valve, water treatment Facility Manager Diana Denny took samples of the water and applying three test.  

Diana Denny says,  “It has to be zero for chloroform because of the bacteria zero has to have a pH of about 7 or 7 point 5 and the chlorine we like to have a residual of at minimum a point 2. A second round of tests will happen on Tuesday. 

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