Town of Murfreesboro issues “boil advisory”

Published 10:29 am Friday, October 22, 2021

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MURFREESBORO – Due to a water main break on Thursday, residents of Murfreesboro are being advised to boil their water for the next few days.

Town Administrator Carolyn Brown told the News Herald on Friday morning there were six breaks throughout the town with the first being discovered on the 8-inch line across from the former Maxway building on Main Street. With the amount of water gushing from the break, Brown said the public works department had to shut the water off while work commenced on fixing the problems.

Water service was restored Thursday night.

Brown reported they are still investigating the cause of the high pressure in the system which broke the lines.

It is standard procedure to issue a boil advisory when water consumers experience periods of low pressure or outages. Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system can increase the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.

According to a press release from the town, consumers are advised to boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation) or use bottled water. Vigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms if they are present.

Brown did not know when the boil advisory would be lifted, but estimated it may be Monday or Tuesday of next week. Water samples must be taken to Greenville for testing, and she stated the lab is not open on the weekends to return test results.