Water Boil Advisory 9-14-2019

TO:  RESIDENTS of DEKALB COUNTY

Updated Monday, 9-16 @ 5:30pm

DeKalb County’s boil water advisory for the city of Dunwoody has been lifted. Authorities have confirmed that the water supply in all areas of the county is safe for consumption without boiling.

“DeKalb County would like to thank our residents, business owners and visitors for their patience and cooperation during the boil water advisory,” said DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond. “Thanks to the hard work of DeKalb County employees and efforts of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, the county’s water system has returned to normal.” 

The countywide boil water advisory, which began Saturday morning, has been canceled after the Georgia Environmental Protection Division reviewed and analyzed a series of samples and authorized the advisory to be lifted.

Out of an abundance of caution, the advisory was issued after heavy thunderstorms affecting Scott Candler Water Treatment Plant in north DeKalb County led to power outages overnight Sept. 13, and early Sept. 14.

DeKalb County residents are encouraged to sign up to receive weather and emergency notification alerts from CodeRED.

CodeRED distributes alerts via phone, text, and email in a variety of situations including boil water notices, gas leaks, evacuation notices, police activity, fire emergencies, and more. To sign up, visit www.dekalbcountyga.gov/dema/codered.

Updated Sunday, 9-15 @ 10pm

DeKalb County’s boil water advisory has been lifted for all areas of DeKalb, except for the city of Dunwoody. Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) and the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management (DWM) are conducting additional analysis to determine when the boil water advisory will be lifted for city of Dunwoody.

“DeKalb County is working closely with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to lift the boil water advisory countywide,” said DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond. “The county is taking every precaution to maintain water quality and provide safe drinking water to all of our citizens.” 

Of the 30 sample sites countywide, one location in Dunwoody requires additional analysis to ensure the water is safe for consumption without boiling. That analysis is underway and the public will be updated no later than 6 p.m. Sept. 16.

Residents and businesses still under the advisory are advised to boil all water prior to use for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby food. The water should be boiled for at least one minute after reaching a rolling boil.

For residents and businesses in all other areas of DeKalb County, the lifting of the boil water advisory means that the Georgia EPD and DeKalb County DWM have determined that DeKalb County’s water supply is safe for consumption.

The advisory was issued out of an abundance of caution after heavy thunderstorms affecting Scott Candler Water Treatment Plant in north DeKalb County led to power outages overnight Sept. 13, and early Sept. 14.

For more information, contact the DeKalb County Watershed Department at 770-270-6243.

Updated Sunday, 9-15 @ 1:30pm

The DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management has completed collecting the required water samples. After the Georgia Environmental Protection Division completes its analysis of the results later this evening, it will either approve the lift of the advisory or require additional samples.

Saturday, 9-14:

Heavy thunderstorms affecting Scott Candler Water Treatment Plant in north DeKalb County led to power outages at approximately 10:40 p.m., Sept. 13, and 2:36 a.m., Sept. 14, 2019.

As a result, water pressure in parts of the water system dropped to dangerously low levels. When this occurs, a potential health hazard may exist in these areas of zero pressure from backflow and/or back-siphonage of water of unknown quality into the water distribution system.

DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management, in an abundance of caution, is issuing a Boil Water Advisory for the entire system. In order to protect the public from a potential health hazard, all customers that have experienced water outages and/or low water pressures are advised to “boil” all water prior to use for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby food. The water should be boiled for at least one minute after reaching a rolling boil. Customers should continue to boil their water until they are notified that the water system has been restored to full operation, and that the microbiological quality of the water in the distribution system is safe for human consumption.

If you have any questions, you may contact 770-270-6243.

– DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond

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