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Water back on after repairs

By Staff | Feb 7, 2014

Concerns about local water contamination were abated when the “boil water,” advisory was lifted, following last week’s water main break.

As a result of a water leak on Wednesday, Jan. 29, some Shepherdstown residents and members of the Shepherd University campus community were notified of a “boil water” advisory .

In several statements to the public, those affected were directed to boil their tap water for at least 2 minutes before use.

“This is a precautionary advisory and is issued any time there is a loss of pressure in the water system,” the statement said.

The Corporation of Shepherdstown reported that the water samples were tested and the results were found negative for contaminants on Friday, Jan 31.

At that time the “boil water,” advisory was suspended.

While repairs were being made on the break, which occurred on Duke Street in the area of the Shepherdstown Middle School, residents were asked to be aware of the possible loss of water pressure.

Public Works staff also asked residents to contact the water department if they noticed any discoloration in their tap water.

Portions of downtown Shepherdstown were without water for several hours Wednesday evening as staff worked into the night to repair the leak.

Public Works Director Frank Hill thanked the residents for their cooperation and patience via his Facebook page following the repair.

“I want to give a special thanks to our water customers who had to endure being without water for most of the day. I had many calls at my office and have to say, everyone I talked to was very understanding and supportive. Also, I’d like to thank my guys who endured the freezing temperatures to repair the water leak. Thank you Shepherdstown,” he said.