AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - People living in much of Augusta need to boil their water before drinking it.
A Boil Water Advisory is in effect for part of the city because of problems at the Highland Avenue Water Treatment Plant. The city issued a statement, saying the water there had a higher than normal concentration of particles. The E-M-A director says so far, there's no evidence of contamination. This advisory is being issued in an abundance of caution.
In a letter to those affected, Augusta Utilities is asking residents to boil their water for at least one minute before drinking, cooking or preparing baby food. The letter indicates the service area for the Highland Avenue plant is the area North of Gordon Highway, Fort Gordon and East Augusta.
The Augusta Emergency Management Agency provided this clarification on its Facebook page:
"Clarification on the boil water advisory from Water Utilities: The areas identified, North of Gordon Highway, Fort Gordon, along and North of Laney Walker Blvd and the industrial area of Columbia Nitrogen Rd and Lovers Lane, are the dividing line for the water treatment plants. This boil water advisory affects all of the downtown community, West Augusta, to the county line and the state line."
The boil advisory remains in effect until Thursday at least. In a joint statement, Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr and Administrator Janice Allen Jackson believe the Augusta water supply is safe but everyone needs to follow the state's order. "We apologize for the inconvenience. But, out of consideration of the state requirement, we are urging residents and businesses to act accordingly," explain Davis and Jackson.
The reverse notification system sent out phone messages to all residents who are affected by the boil water order. The Augusta-Richmond County EMA says some people in Columbia County may have received a message by mistake. Columbia County is not impacted by this boil water advisory.