SPEEDWELL, Va. -

The precautionary boil water notice in Wythe County has been lifted after two separate tests determined that the water is safe to drink.

The precautionary notice was issued Monday following two waterline breaks in the Speedwell area.

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Original story from Monday, Aug. 4, 2014

A precautionary boil water notice has been put in place for the Speedwell area of Wythe County because of two water line breaks.

The water line breaks are on Old Bank Road and Grayson Turnpike. County officials believe the second break was the result of an abnormal pressure caused by the first break.

The break on Grayson Turnpike has been fixed. But customers will not have water until the lines have been flushed. That process may take several hours.

Crews hope to have the line that runs along Old Bank Road fixed by the end of the day.

Once the lines have been restored, residents may see “murky” water. As a precaution, Wythe County officials have ordered a precautionary boil water notice for the next 48 hours.

Here is the news release from Wythe County:

SPEEDWELL, Va. – Officials from the Wythe County Water Department detected a waterline break along
Old Bank Rd. in Speedwell early this morning. A second break was discovered in the same area, along
Grayson Tpk., shortly thereafter; believed to be a result of the abnormal pressures associated with the
first break.

County leaders say the waterline’s rupture was responsible for draining all the water in the reserve tank on Lanter Rd.

Immediately upon learning of the break, crews went to work repairing the waterline on Grayson Tpk.
At noon, the county’s water department said the Grayson Tpk. break had been fixed, but cautioned that  water would not be restored to customers until the lines had been flushed – a process which may take several hours.

Crews are now in the process of repairing the line that runs along Old Bank Rd. and say they anticipate
having that line fixed by the end of the day.

Once the lines have been restored, Wythe County’s Water Director, Don Crisp, says residents may see
what he described as “murky” water – a common observance following a disturbance in water lines.

To combat the murky water, Crisp says his department will be flushing the lines throughout the day.

As a precaution, Wythe County officials are advising residents affected by the waterline break that a
precautionary boil water notice has been ordered for the next 48-hours, as local officials perform
standard water tests.

Virginia Department of Health regulations mandate that a precautionary boil water notice be
implemented anytime a waterline breaks, until two separate water tests are performed 24-hours apart.