Gretna,VA- The Town of Gretna Waterworks is urging residents to boil their water before use until further notice.
Officials with the Town of Gretna say a water leak behind Capp's Shoe building may have caused the loss in water supply. Maintenance crews have repaired the leak, but the boil water advisory is still in effect.
Notice to Customers of the Town of Gretna WaterWorks
The Virginia Department of Health, Pittsylvania County Health Department, and the Town of Gretna is advising residents to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution. Officials say the advisory is a precautionary nature due to significant loss of water pressure in the town's water supply.
Boiling the water kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Officials say residents should bring all tap water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and then let it cool before use.
Residents who do not have gas or electricity should use liquid household bleach to disinfect the water. The bleach product should be recently purchased, and free of additives, or scents, and should contain a hypoclorite solution of at least 5.25%. Public health officials recommend adding eight drops of bleach or about ¼ teaspoon to each gallon of water. The water should be stirred and allowed to stand for at least 30 minutes before use. Water purification tablets may also be used.