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Fairmont Utility Board Explains Reasoning Behind Boil Water Notices

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FAIRMONT -

To Marion County residents, it may seem like someone issues a Boil water notice every couple of days.

But many of those people don't realize why that is or what it means.

The City of Fairmont said its employees work hard to make sure its water is safe for the public.

But there are times when an interruption in your water service may occur.

"When you have a large line that needs repaired, a piece of line added to that sectional line, and you disrupt the service in any way, that's when it constitutes a boil water notice," said David Sago, Fairmont Water Utility Manager.

In July of 2002, the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health adopted a federal public notice rule.

"Anytime you have an interruption in service, any time you have low pressure, any types of things where you have to shut the water off for whatever reason and turn the water back on, you need to notify those customers," Sago said.

Boil water notices should be issued no later then 12 hours after the Public Water System becomes aware of the interruption.

"We give a notice to the public in a hand out," Sago said. "We do it through TV Media, news media."

Once an interruption is found, samples will be collected for bacteria testing and the public should boil its water for the next 24 hours.

"It basically just destroys any of the contaminants that chlorine or whatever might do in the treatment process as a disinfection," Sago said.

While Marion County sees its fair share of boil water notices, it shouldn't cause the public to panic.

"Check your faucet, check what your water looks like," Sago said. "Watch the paper, listen to the radio station."