Wythe County Waterline Repaired – Precautionary Boil Water Advisory in Effect

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Wythe County officials say workers have repaired a watermain break on E. Lee Hwy (US Route 11) and are in the process of filling up the 200,000 gallon water tank located atop Fox Mountain.

Customers who were without water today should expect some pressurization in their lines later this evening, however, local officials warn residents that the initial flow of water may be murky and contain air pockets.

Through the night and into tomorrow morning, the system should pressurize and return to normal water-pressure levels.

As a precautionary measure, the county has issued a “BOIL YOUR TAP WATER” notice to all residents who lost water service today, in an effort to reduce the risks of consuming bacteria or other organisms in the water.


The Virginia Department of Health offered the following advice for residents who will be boiling their tap water:

“Bring all tap water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one (1) minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Use caution boiling water; let water cool before attempting to move container to avoid spills, scalds and burns. Boil amounts of water that you can safely handle.”

The precautionary boil notice will remain in effect for 48-hours, which will allow the lines time to flush out any impurities which may have entered the system.

The waterline rupture was discovered Sunday evening and left water customers without service from Exit 80 to 86.

County residents are encouraged to check the locality’s official Facebook page (Facebook.com/WytheCo) for updates. Customers with additional questions may contact the Wythe County Water Department at 276-223-4501.

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