TROUTDALE, Va. (WDBJ7) - A broken water pipe has led the town of Troutdale to urge water drinkers to boil water before drinking or cooking with it.
The Virginia Department of Health, Grayson County Health Department, Grant Community Water System and Town of Troutdale Water System have issued the advisory, saying failure to follow it could result in stomach or intestinal illness.
A portion of the water distribution system went dry because of a pipe break near the water storage tank, and that required the tank to be taken out of storage until the break can be repaired, which is the goal by Monday.
The advisory says boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, beverage and food preparation, and making ice, until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water, and according to health officials, is the preferred method to assure tap water is safe to drink.
The advisory urges users to being tap water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute and let it cool before using, to avoid scalds and burns.
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