Boil Advisory Lifted For All York County Water Customers

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Rock Hill officials say the boil advisory issued after Wednesday’s water main break has been lifted for all water customers.

The announcement was made Friday afternoon on the city’s Twitter page.

Officials say samples taken and tested by the Department of Health and Environmental Control came back clear.

Update (October 10, 2019):

On Thursday, Rock Hill officials provided an update on repair work, service restoration efforts and the boil water advisory related to Wednesday’s massive water main break at the Rock Hill Water Filter Plant on Cherry Road.

Mayor John Gettys says repairs on the pipe were completed around 1am Thursday, and the water filter plant came back online around 3am after being shutdown for crews to make the necessary repairs.

Customers should be seeing water service restored, says Gettys, but will possibly continue to see low water pressure until it builds back up over the coming hours. Field crews will be flushing the system throughout the city and county, and monitoring and testing is being done based on DHEC standards.

Gettys says the boil water advisory will NOT be lifted until officials from the Department of Health and Environmental Control say that everyone is safe. That advisory will remain in place through at least Friday.

The break was not the result of negligence or construction mishaps, officials say, but rather a cast iron pipe that has been in service since the 1940’s and reached the end of its life.

Officials say roughly 30 million gallons of water and about $40,000 worth of revenue were lost during yesterday’s break.

You can watch the entire news conference below:

WATCH LIVE: Officials in Rock Hill are providing updates on repair work, service restoration and a boil water advisory related to yesterday's massive water main break. #wccb #breaking #update #yorkcounty #scnews #news

Posted by WCCB, Charlotte's CW on Thursday, October 10, 2019

Original Story (October 9, 2019):

ROCK HILL, SC — Customers using York County and municipal water are being asked to reduce consumption and boil following a water main break at the filtration plant in Rock Hill.

Officials say a 24 inch water main break happened at the Rock Hill Water Filter Plant on Cherry Road Wednesday afternoon. A boil advisory has been issued for all water customers in York County due to the break.

Customers are being asked to reduce water use as crews work to make repairs. Due to the amount of water, officials say the plant was shut down Wednesday evening to allow crews to access the damaged pipe.

The plant is expected to resume operation around midnight once the ruptured section is cut out and replaced. It should then take about 12 hours for the system to re-pressurize, officials say.

The pipe, which runs millions of gallons of water through it each day, is part of the York County water system that serves more than 10,000 customers throughout the area.

Video posted by Christian Patterson on Facebook shows flooded portions of Cherry Road caused by the break. Check it out below:

Cherry Road Rock Hill Sc atm

Posted by Christian Patterson on Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The break has resulted in low water pressure for some customers, officials say, and a complete loss of water service for others.

Schools throughout York County have already announced closures for Thursday, October 10th due to the water main break.

Rock Hill School District Three, Fort Mill Schools and York School District One are among those saying they will be closed for all students and staff. Clover School District has announced closures for three schools including Crowders Creek Elementary, Oakridge Middle and Oakridge Elementary.

The following statement was released by Clover School District regarding the three closures:

“Following the recommendation from York County Emergency Management to close schools affected by a water main break, three Clover Schools will be closed on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

Crowders Creek Elementary, Oakridge Elementary, and Oakridge Middle schools will all be impacted by the water main break in Rock Hill on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. These three schools will be closed on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

Students missing school on Thursday will participate in an eLearning Day on the first make-up day Monday, February 17, 2020, as listed on the approved district calendar. Additional details regarding the eLearning Day will come directly from your school.

Normally all schools would be cancelled; however, because of the district’s unique opportunity to pilot an eLearning program, only the school affected will be closed because of this opportunity.”

Winthrop University says classes have been cancelled through the remainder of the week.

Rock Hill School District released the following statement regarding Thursday’s closure:

“Rock Hill Schools Parents and Staff,

Due to a large water main break affecting all the water supply of the City of Rock Hill and York County, Rock Hill Schools will be closed for all students and staff tomorrow, Thursday, October 10, including all after school activities. Safety concerns around clean drinking water, hygiene, food services, and fire safety, as well as advisement by the City of Rock Hill, were taken into consideration in this decision. Safety remains a top priority for our students and staff. As conditions change we will continue to communicate with you.

Please continue to us to follow us on our website, social media, and app.

Thank you and have a good evening.”

Some businesses throughout the area have also had to close up shop early due to the impacts of the water main break. The owner of Rock Hill CBD told WCCB reporter Alexandra Elich that he could lose thousands of dollars as a result of his early closure.

Piedmont Medical Center has also been impacted. The hospital says all elective and outpatient surgeries scheduled for Thursday have been cancelled. Several medical practices will also be on modified schedules. The following statement was released Wednesday evening:

“Piedmont Medical Center is under the boil water alert notice issued by the City of Rock Hill. The hospital is operational. We have brought in an abundant supply of sterile, potable and drinking water to accommodate the needs of all of our patients, employees and visitors. We remain in constant contact with the City of Rock Hill as they work to bring the water system back to normal operations.

All elective procedures and outpatient surgeries scheduled for Thursday, October 10, 2019 have been canceled and will be rescheduled as soon as the situation has been resolved.

The following medical practices will observe adjusted hours of operation on Thursday: Fort Mill Family Practice, Piedmont Family Practice in Baxter, Piedmont Family Practice in Rock Hill, Piedmont Family Practice at Tega Cay, Carolina OB/GYN, Rock Hill GYN and OB, Fort Mill GYN and OB, Piedmont General Surgery and Piedmont Urgent Care at Baxter. Please call the practice before your scheduled appointment time.”

Some government offices across York County will also be closed Thursday.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.