A boil water notice is in effect in Chatham and Tightsqueeze following the discovery of a major water leak Thursday near U.S. 29.
Flooding in the Cherrystone Creek caused debris to break a section of a water line belonging to the town of Chatham, said Pittsylvania County spokesperson Caleb Ayers.
In addition to asking residents to conserve water, a boil water notice is in effect for customers of both water providers — the town of Chatham and Pittsylvania County Service Authority — in the Tightsqueeze area extending from Davis Road in Chatham through Tightsqueeze and along Dry Fork and Pleasant Gap Roads, a news release stated.
When such a notice is issued, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using bottled or boiled water for drinking and to prepare foods.
If bottled water is not available, the CDC says residents should bring water to a full rolling boil for a minute, then allow it to cool before use. Also, even if tap water is filtered it should still be boiled.
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Ayers said the leak was discovered around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
“The Pittsylvania County Service Authority buys water from the Town of Chatham, so that’s why it’s affecting those customers also,” Ayers said. “It’s pretty major to the point that it’s between a trickle and nothing [from faucets] for a lot of customers around there.”
The town of Chatham should start repairing the lines Friday morning. Until then, customers are asked to continue preserving water.