Sandy residents advised to boil tap water, use bottled water
UPDATE: This latest version of this story notifies readers that a boil notice has been put in effect for customers of the Sandy municipal water system.
The city of Sandy has posted a "boil notice" due to a breakdown in the city water system that occurred sometime over night.
The following message was posted at about 8:20 a.m. Saturday to the city of Sandy's Facebook page:
"During the early morning hours of July 7, one of the water reservoirs serving the higher elevation areas of the city was drained due to a valve failure. Areas west of Langensand Road and east of Meinig avenue primarily south of Highway 26 experienced no or very low water pressure.
When water pressure in the distribution system (the pipes in the street that serve your home or business) drops below 20 psi groundwater can be drawn back into the piping system. As a result the City is advising customers in the affected area to use bottled water or boil any water used for drinking or cooking until we are able to restore pressure, flush the affected lines and sample for contaminates (such as coliform bacteria).
This is precautionary. It will take about 24 - 48 hours to get test results back from the lab. We will let you know as soon as we are clear.
We apologize for the inconvenience."