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UPDATE: Boil water notice issued in Alabaster lifted

Published: Mar. 8, 2022 at 7:45 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 8, 2022 at 10:56 PM CST
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ALABASTER, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: The Alabaster Water Board rescinded the boil water notice issued March 7th for a portion of Alabaster. As of 1:00 p.m., March 9, 2022, the boil water notice has been lifted.

Bacteriologic test results were received at approximately 12:55 p.m. Wednesday from the state lab. Tests showed the bacteriological test results were absent of coliform bacteria.

From Alabaster Water: Water in all portions of the Alabaster Water Board system is safe to drink and to use for all daily purposes including food preparation, dish washing, ice and brushing of teeth.

ORIGINAL: The Alabaster Water Board issued a water boil notice for parts of the city on March 7 after, according to the water board, a portion of the city’s water system has experienced low pressure, creating a health concern for residents.

We’re told there was a software update Monday with the water system and one of the pump stations lost communications with the control system. That resulted in a loss of water in an area and loss of pressure as the tanks drained.

Alabaster Water Boil Notice
Alabaster Water Boil Notice(Alabaster City Hall)

According to a rep from the Alabaster City School system, Thompson High School was the only school affected by the notice. ACS says they took the following precautions:

  • Bottled water will be made available for students and staff in multiple areas throughout Tuesday, March 8 and Wednesday, March 9. The areas where bottled water will be made available include hallways, special areas, and certain areas on campus including, but not limited to the Cafeteria, Gyms/Arena, Indoor Athletic Facility, etc.
  • All water fountains are shut off at the valve and taped off to prevent anyone from consuming the water.
  • All ice machines will be shut off, emptied/drained, taped off, and prohibited from use.
  • All water being used for meal preparations in CNP (breakfast and lunch) will be boiled before use.
  • No sink water should be consumed from the tap (without boiling).
  • Washing hands at the sinks (in bathrooms, workrooms, break rooms, etc.) continues to be a safe and acceptable practice.
  • Announcements will be made periodically throughout the day to remind everyone about the Boil Water Notice and the precautions being taken as a result of the notice.

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