City Expands Area Affected by Boil Water Notice

City officials have slightly expanded the area under the Boil Water Notice due to an accidental break in a water line located near the Sonny Montgomery National Guard complex.

The area now includes a small residential area south of Interstate 20 and west of Highway 11. An estimated 20 or so homes are in the affected area.

The entire Boil Water Notice area is west of Tommy Webb Drive and continuing west to the city limits, and south of Interstate 20 to the city limits. Those primarily affected are businesses in the South Industrial Park, the Meridian Regional Airport and the city's wastewater treatment plant.

Those in the affected area should boil water vigorously for one minute before using it as drinking water. Officials estimate the notice can be lifted by Sunday or possibly Monday after the line is repaired and tests are run to ensure water quality.

The city says the notice was sparked by an incident in which a construction company working on the entrance to the Sonny Montgomery National Guard Complex accidentally cut into a 12-inch line. That forced city crews to shut off the water to the area so repairs can be made. Any time water pressure drops because of a break in a line, the possibility exists for contamination.

Officials estimate the advisory may be in effect until Sunday or Monday. State law requires a series of tests to be conducted after the water pressure is restored before the water is declared completely safe.

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