The Arkansas Department of Health has issued a boil water notice for Bethesda, Cushman, as well as the west side of Batesville and the Denny Hill and Ruddell Hill areas.
The order was issued as a precautionary measure because of the possibility that contaminated water may have entered the distribution center as the result of a partial or complete pressure loss after a fire hydrant repair/break on Central Avenue in Batesville.
Under the boil water order, all affected customers must be advised that the water may be unsafe for human consumption, and water used for drinking or food preparation must be boiled briskly for one minute prior to use. All ice cubes should be discarded and only boiled water used for making ice.
The precautionary boil water notice will remain in effect until the problem has been corrected, an adequate disinfectant level is established throughout the distribution system, and a bacteriological survey shows the water is safe to drink.
Water line and hydrant breaks are more prevalent in west Batesville, according to Nick Baxter, a spokesman for the Batesville Water Department. Other parts of the system, in the east and central sections of Batesville, have not been as hard hit so far, he said.
Water department personnel have been working long hours under freezing conditions to make repairs, Baxter noted.
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