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Boil-Water Advisory Still In Effect For Parts Of Atlanta

In this photo taken May 3, 2016, Donna McNeal, of Orion Environmental Services, collects a water sample from a classroom drinking fountain for lead testing at Fawcett Elementary School in Tacoma, Wash. After Tacoma Public Schools revealed last month that multiple elementary schools tested positive for lead in the drinking water The Associated Press asked all Washington school districts plus tribal districts whether they test for lead. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
In this photo taken May 3, 2016, Donna McNeal, of Orion Environmental Services, collects a water sample from a classroom drinking fountain for lead testing at Fawcett Elementary School in Tacoma, Wash. After Tacoma Public Schools revealed last month that multiple elementary schools tested positive for lead in the drinking water The Associated Press asked all Washington school districts plus tribal districts whether they test for lead. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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The boil-water advisory, first issued Thursday, remained in effect Friday morning for sections of Atlanta until further notice, according to the Department of Watershed Management’s website.

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The advisory will stay in effect until the department receives permission from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to lift it.

According to the website, the city conducted water quality tests Thursday and expected results sometime Friday.

Areas affected by the advisory include but are not limited to:

  • Cabbagetown
  • Edgewood
  • Old Fourth Ward
  • West End
  • Peoplestown
  • Reynoldstown
  • Mechanicsville
  • Summerhill
  • Avon Avenue
  • South Fulton County

Before drinking, cooking or brushing teeth, customers in the affected areas are being advised to boil water for one minute past a rolling boil before use. The elderly, infants and people with immune deficiencies should use extra care.

Customers whose areas are not listed above but who experienced a loss of water also should follow the precautions.

In a press release Thursday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said, “Department of Watershed Management experienced a power interruption to a pump station at the Hemphill Water Treatment Plant. As a result, portions of the water system served by this plant experienced a water outage or low water pressure.”

He added that while the operation of the pumps was quickly restored and system pressures returned to normal, a boil-water advisory was issued “out of an abundance of caution and in case of any impacts to water quality.”