Lee County’s Boil Tap Water Notice

The Virginia Department of Health, in conjunction with the Lee County Public Service Authority are advising residents in the Keokee area to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution. This precaution is necessary because of the Boil Notice that was issued by the Town of Appalachia, who wholesales water to the PSA to serve the Keokee system.
Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, beverage and food preparation, and making ice until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Boiling is the preferred method to ensure 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. Use caution boiling water; let water cool before attempting to move container to avoid spills, scalds and burns. Boil amounts of water you can safely handle.
If you cannot boil your tap water, an alternative method of purification for residents that do not have gas or electricity available is to use liquid household bleach to disinfect water. The bleach product should be recently purchased, free of additives and scents, and should contain a hypochlorite solution of at least 5.25%. Public health officials recommend adding eight drops of bleach, roughly 1/4 teaspoon to each gallon of water. The water should be stirred and allowed to stand for at least thirty minutes prior to use.
Water purification tablets may also be used by following the manufacturer’s instructions.
The issue is expected to be resolved soon, and they will notify the public when it is no longer necessary to boil your tap water.
For additional information, you may contact the Lee County Public Service Authority;
Executive Director, Tracy Puckett at 276-451-5884
Operations Manager, Mike Brindle at 276-870-1700

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