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Blue Ridge Water lifts boiling advisory, CPW hours away

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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Blue Ridge Rural Water Company workers try to get a retaining wall up, anticipating a heavy rain event Wednesday, and getting dirt back into a huge hole that was the result of a huge water main break at the Lake Cunningham water treatment facility.
 

Jim Fair

Blue Ridge Rural Water Company workers try to get a retaining wall up, anticipating a heavy rain event Wednesday, and getting dirt back into a huge hole that was the result of a huge water main break at the Lake Cunningham water treatment facility.

 

The Blue Ridge Rural Water Company has canceled its notice of the boil water advisory for all of its customers effective 6 p.m. this evening.

Greer Commission of Public Works is anticipating making an announcement around 7:45 p.m., according to Chuck Reynolds, Finance Manager and overseer of the repairs and water testing, mandated by DHEC.

“We’re going to be pushing 7:45 tonight because we want to wait the 24 hours it takes to see the results,” Reynolds said. “Things have been going well. We flushed all the water from the hydrants yesterday and got the air out. All of them were shut off until we completed the process to make sure no contamination was in the water.”

Blue Ridge purchases its water from Greer and had access to Greenville water to help it lift the boiling water advisory earlier.

Greer CPW serves most of western Greer and treats all water to its customers at the Lake Cunningham processing facility.

Monday’s main break at the Lake Cunningham water plant caused schools and both Greer hospitals to use its emergency plans. Greer Memorial rescheduled some surgeries at Greenville General Hospital.

Greer and Blue Ridge schools held classes Tuesday with water fountains shut down and water brought in for the students. Portable toilets continued to be used Tuesday.

Merchants in downtown Greer were not effected.

Crews continued to work on building a retaining wall at the treatment plant and putting dirt back into the area where more than two million gallons washed it away Monday.

 

 

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