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Map Shows States With New Drinking Water Warnings

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Water advisories on Friday were issued in several cities across the United States due to operational issues and water main breaks at local waterworks departments.

The advisories arrive as portions of the Midwest and Northeast are still grappling with sweltering temperatures into the weekend. In New Jersey, a boil-water advisory was issued for thousands of customers in the cities of Clifton and Paterson Thursday night due to a ruptured water main. Officials lifted the advisory on Friday morning.

Here’s a list of states where water advisories are in place as of Friday night.

Map Shows States With New Drinking WaterWarnings
This map shows the states where cities had a boil-water advisory in place as of Friday night.


North Carolina

Parts of Durham, North Carolina, were placed under a boil-water advisory after officials said that service issues led to low pressure and outages in the city. As of 5 p.m. EST Friday, the advisory was still in effect in some parts of northwest Durham. Officials said in an update that they are waiting on results of water sampling to “confirm” that they can end the advisory. The city hopes to have the sample results by Saturday morning.

“This advisory has been precautionary,” read an alert from Junior Mobley, superintendent of water and sewer maintenance in Durham. “We believe our water met, and continues to meet, all water quality standards throughout the advisory.”

Mobley’s alert read that prolonged periods “of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.”

“Therefore, the Division of Water Resources advises that when water is restored consumers boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) or use bottled water,” the announcement read. “Vigorous boiling for one (1) minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.”


Residents in Martinsville, Virginia, were put under a boil-water advisory after a waterline break caused a citywide outage. City officials advised residents to boil their tap water “before drinking, beverage and food preparation.” Failure to follow the warning “could result in stomach or intestinal illness,” read the city’s release.

Officials said they are working to repair the broken waterline and will update residents once the boil-water advisory is lifted.

Wise County officials in southwestern Virginia also issued a boil-water advisory Friday afternoon after a waterline main break. The county’s public service page on Facebook said: “Customers should not drink tap water without bringing water to a rolling boil for at least a minute and letting it cool before drinking.”

South Dakota

City officials in Aberdeen, South Dakota, issued a boil-water advisory on Thursday after a water main break to “a large diameter” pipeline caused low to no water pressure for several residents. That advisory carried over into Friday, according to a report from Dakota News Now, and city officials said that the boil-water order could be lifted as soon as Saturday after water sampling is complete.

“If you experienced low or no water pressure, it is recommended … that customers boil all water used for food preparation, teeth brushing, ice making, and drinking until further notice,” read a release from the city Public Works Department.

New Mexico

Several regions in New Mexico have been under a boil-water advisory since Tuesday, as wildfires burn out of control in the southern part of the state.

The state Department of Health and Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau said the wildfires could contaminate some water systems. Residents under the advisory “are advised to seek alternative drinking water sources to ensure public health and safety,” read a release from New Mexico’s Environment Department.

The systems under the advisory as of Friday night are: Ruidoso Water System; Alto Lakes Water & Sanitation District; Tall Pines Water Association; Cedar Creek; Alpine Village; Smokey Bear Ranger Station; High Country Lodge; Eagle Creek Shell Convenience Store; Eagle Creek Sports Complex; and the Gavilan Hills Water Association. Over 24,000 residents are impacted.

“Water from these systems can be used for other activities, such as washing
clothes and dishes, and general non-drinking uses,” officials said. “Avoid bathing infants and young children with this water. People who are immunocompromised/immunosuppressed, and/or have open cuts, wounds, or sores should not use the water to bathe until notified that the water is safe.”