Hampton Utility District lifts water boil advisory for customers
Published 8:34 am Thursday, May 5, 2016
A water boil advisory issued last week for customers of the Hampton Utility District was lifted on Wednesday.
The water boil advisory was issued Friday after a valve ruptured in the utility’s pump house, causing the system’s two main storage tanks and most of the water lines in the district to empty.
The repairs to the ruptured valve were completed by around 10 a.m. on Friday, but utility officials said it would take as long as three days for the water storage tanks to refill and water pressure to return to normal for all of the customers.
A water boil advisory was issued, according to the Hampton Utility District, because when water lines are emptied air, sediment and other debris can be back siphoned into the water system. Back siphonage increases the chance that bacteria can enter the water along with the debris.
When the utility issued the water boil advisory officials said it would be lifted once test results showed no bacteria presence in the water.