A precautionary boil drinking water notice was issued today for approximately 90 homes in the Pine Grove subdivision while Churchill County undergoes maintenance at its Sand Creek water well. Maintenance will also necessitate a total loss in water pressure for a period of time.
Once the maintenance is complete, the county will collect two coliform samples to ensure no coliform or microbial contamination has occurred and provide a written rescind notice to affected homes. We anticipate this issue to be resolved by Friday afternoon, April 23.
Residents should not drink the water or use it for any food preparation (making ice, using the dishwasher, washing dishes in the sink, etc.) without boiling it first for one minute to kill possible contamination. Boiling the water kills bacteria and other organisms that may cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches and other systems, especially in infants, children and people with severely compromised immune systems.
Bottled water may be used while this maintenance and subsequent testing occurs this week.
For more information, please contact Marie Henson, Churchill County building official at (775)423-6028. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.