Amid Confusion, Boil Advisory Lifted for Southern Boone County

4 years 5 months 2 weeks ago Sunday, June 29 2014 Jun 29, 2014 Sunday, June 29, 2014 12:03:00 PM CDT June 29, 2014 in News
By: Brendan Cullerton, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - The Consolidated Water Supply told KOMU News Sunday it has lifted the boil advisory in southern Boone County. 

The decision to lift the ban was made Saturday, but the information never made it to residents. The Consolidated Water Supply call service, located outside of Columbia, had been incorrectly telling residents and KOMU News the advisory would remain in effect until Tuesday. Bob Leonard with Consolidated Water, said the boil order was originally supposed to last until Tuesday because state-run water testing services are closed on weekends. A Thursday night main break caused the advisory for all areas of Boone County south of Route H.

"We're required to test the water any time a break causes water pressure to drop below 20 PSI because of the possibility of contamination," Leonard said. "We thought we were going to have to wait to get it tested because state services are closed on Saturday, but a local company was able to test the water over the weekend."

Leonard said the company Engineering Surveys and Services opened their labs Saturday to expedite the water testing process and confirm the water is safe to consume. If it had not, the advisory would have lasted until Tuesday, like the call service had been telling residents. Leonard is not sure what lead to the lack of communication.

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