A boil water alert for tens of thousands of Birmingham Water Works customers continues Thursday evening.
A broken 16-inch pipe in west Birmingham led to the boil order for areas west of Highway 78 beginning Wednesday evening. That problem has been fixed but the alert is still in effect.
In fact, the Jefferson County Health Department went to every restaurant in the affected areas and gave them written notice to close today obviously for health reasons. They are not to open until the health department comes back out.
Officials also visited a number of daycares including Just Us Kids in Adamsville. They suggested alternatives that workers could use instead of water. Owner Virginia Odom says the situation has forced them to get creative in finding alternatives along with following the boiling instructions.
"We've secured the faucets, distilled water to drink, [have] wipes and hand sanitizers...it has to be done," she said.
Birmingham Water Works Board officials say at this point they don't know when the alert will be lifted. Officials warn that drinking water that isn't boiled could cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea and headaches.They advise boiling water for 10 minutes and then letting it cool before use.
However, they say the water is considered safe for anything besides drinking.
Check back to MyFoxAl.com as we will alert viewers as soon as the alert is lifted. Click here to read a list of the communities affected by the boil water alert.
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