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Boil water advisory lifted for Greenville

Posted June 27, 2008

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— Greenville Utilities has lifted a boil-water order for most of its service area, but officials say the cause of the contamination that led to the advisory might never be known.

The Daily Reflector of Greenville reports that the order was lifted about 5:20 p.m. Thursday for all areas except an isolated portion near County Home Road after tests from nearly three dozen sites revealed no contaminants.

Barrett Lasater, Greenville Utilities water and wastewater treatment plants manager, said the ban for the County Home Road area could be lifted Friday if a second sample comes out negative.

The original sample in which fecal coliform bacteria was detected was taken from a County Home Road day-care center.

The utility issued the boil order around lunchtime Wednesday, and the health department forced around 500 restaurants to shut down. Those restaurants stayed closed through Thursday night.

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  • jughead56 Jun 27, 2008

    wow...can you imagine if it was just sampler error?! restaurants should send 'em the bill...anyone remember something similar happened in Cary a few years ago...restaurants claimed they lost millions.

  • WHEEL Jun 27, 2008

    Looks as if someone should be taught how to take an accurate sample.

  • cheddarhead Jun 27, 2008

    My child came home and I will send her back with bottled water! That is just disgusting and to think they said you could shower in that water- oh yeah- they also said to just make sure you use sanitizer afterwards. YUK!

  • jughead56 Jun 27, 2008

    if i was on that system i wouldn't drink that water just yet. they probably just pumped a bunch of chlorine in there and hoped the problem would go away...