Sandy Springs Councilmember Jody Reichel announced via email that the boil water advisory has been lifted for Sandy Springs.
“Sandy Springs water is safe to drink,” she said.
Mikita Browning, the commissioner for the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, confirmed on the agency’s website that the boil water advisory issued on Sunday, June 18, has been lifted for all affected areas.
“Sampling has confirmed there was no contamination of the public water system. Water may be used for all purposes without boiling,” she said in a news release.
The city’s drinking water meets or exceeds standards established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as required by the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, she said. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has been notified.
The repairs on the 48-inch transmission main on Riverside Road near the Don White Memorial Park were completed and pressures are normal throughout the system, Browning said.
“DWM is dedicated to safeguarding the residents’ well-being throughout the City of Atlanta and the City of Sandy Springs. “We apologize for any inconvenience that this issue has caused to the community.”
8:30 a.m., Jan. 20
In an apparently unrelated event, ATL Watershed reported on Monday night that the water was off at 1287 Heards Ferry Road NW where crews turned off an 8-inch water main for repairs.
The outage affected 10 homes and 2 hydrants.
Via Instagram ATL Watershed promised an update on the boil water advisory for Sandy Springs at 9 a.m. today.
Sandy Springs Councilmember Jody Reichel shared an update on the boil water advisory that ATL Watershed should get results by 8 a.m. on Tuesday from the water quality sampling performed Monday morning.
The results will be sent to the Environmental Protection Division for review. If no concerns are found, the boil water advisory should be lifted by mid-day, though the city will be advised of the status by 10 a.m.
She said the city has been in frequent contact with ATL Watershed and its commissioner, Mikita K. Browning, who told them that the rupture was caused as crews were prepping to install a bypass and connection from the old 48-inch transmission main to a new 48-inch main. An existing 8-inch valve and blowoff pipe broke away from the old 48-inch main, which resulted in a breach that caused water to escape the system.
Sandy Springs announced through its civic alerts system that the next update on the ATL Watershed boil advisory will be provided at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20.
The boil water advisory remains in place until clearance by the Georgia Department of Environmental Protection per sampling protocols.
Now that ATL Watershed crews have completed the repairs on a 48-inch transmission main on Riverside Road near the Don White Memorial Park, residents and businesses should begin to notice a restoration of water pressure.
However, the boil water advisory will remain in place until the department gets clearance from the state to lift the advisory, ATL Watershed reported in a news release this morning.
The department will follow flushing protocols for the system as a precaution. Samples have been taken in the affected zones to affirm that there is no contamination in the system. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division will advise when the advisory can be lifted.
ATL Watershed offered a YouTube video on the precautions to take during a boil water advisory.
A diver for ATL Watershed has completed the repair and water flows are being ramped up from the Lowe Water Treatment Plant, Councilmember Jody Reichel reported at 8:23 a.m.
She said it will take a few hours for the pressures to return to normal levels, which is anticipated around 9:30-10 a.m.
“Once the water is back to full flow, ATL Water will obtain samples to test water quality, which will take 24 hours to run,” she said.
Sandy Springs will remain under a boil water advisory until the water quality tests have been completed and water service returns to normal.
7:35 a.m., June 19
Sandy Springs City Councilmember Jody Reichel shared via email that ATL Watershed diagnosed the problem that put the city under a boil advisory as a gate valve that blew off the main line.
“A part had to be fabricated to make the repair, which was done and lowered into the water at approximately 0500 for the diver to install. As of 6:15, the diver is still working to complete the repair and there is no ETA for completion. I will keep you updated,” she said in her email.
Water customers remained under the boil advisory on Monday morning.
5:15 p.m., June 18
Sandy Springs residents and businesses are under a boil water advisory as the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management investigates a possible breach in a transmission main that interrupted water service in the city.
At 3:44 p.m. on Sunday, the city of Sandy Springs reported that ATL Watershed crews had restored service to some areas of the city. But the city warned on Facebook that they may experience a drop in water pressure as crews continue to work.
ATL Watershed called for water restriction to critical uses only to allow water pressure to rebuild. The boil advisory will remain in effect until the agency approves water sampling.
A possible breach in an existing 48-inch transmission main in the vicinity of Riverside Road and Don White Memorial Park in Roswell across the Chattahoochee River may have caused the interruption in water service.
All residents and businesses that have experienced service loss or low water pressure are advised to boil all water prior to use or use bottled water for drinking, cooking, preparing baby food, or brushing teeth. Boil water for one minute past a roiling boil. ATL Watershed advises the public not to use water fountains in the affected area.
Basic hygiene can be accomplished with vigorous hand washing or showers with soap and tap water However, to prepare food, use boiled water that has cooled and hand washing soap.
The Georgia Department of Environmental Protection will advise ATL Watershed when the boil advisory can be lifted