UPDATE: The boil order issued on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, for part of Washington County has been lifted.
ORIGINAL STORY: WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA) — A boil order has been issued for part of Washington County.
The Department of Health confirmed a “Boil Water” notice, according to Washington Water Authority.
The boil order was issued Tuesday for part of the system in the area south of Dutch Mills and north of Evansville, including the addresses from 16779-20102 S. Highway 59 between Dutch Mills and Evansville, as well as all Washington Water Authority customers on Vineyard Road, Ronnie Hale Road, Benchmark Road, Bellamy Road, South Highway 244, Doss Road, Ann Road and Eversoll Road.
All customers affected by the boil order must be advised that the water may be unsafe for human consumption, and water used for drinking or food preparation must be boiled briskly for one minute prior to use, the notice said.
The notice also states that all ice cubes should be thrown away, and that only boiled water used for making ice.
The boil order is because of a main line washout due to the heavy rainfall and runoff in the Evansville Creek area just north of the Evansville Fire Station, the notice said.
The boil order is in effect until the problem has been corrected, an adequate disinfectant level is established throughout the distribution system and a bacteriological survey shows that water is safe to drink, according to the notice.