A precautionary boil water notice, issued Monday by West Helena Water Works, has been lifted by the Arkansas Department of Health.
A precautionary boil water notice, issued Monday by West Helena Water Works, has been lifted by the Arkansas Department of Health. Water Department manger Ken Fratesi issued the boil water notice around 9:20 Monday morning when a break in the waterline in the Miller Loop area of the community was discovered. Eliza Miller Elementary School was shut down for the day. The notice affected three residences in the Miller Loop area as well as the school. “The order was issued as a precautionary measure because of the possibility that contaminated water could have seeped into the distribution system because of the complete loss in normal system pressure,” stated Fratesi. “Bacteriological samples taken on Tuesday (Dec. 18) were found to be free of bacterial contamination,” said Jim Barlow, pollution control inspector of the Engineering Section of ADH. A satisfactory disinfectant level has been established throughout the distribution system, continued Barlow. The water is therefore is considered “safe” for human consumption and the “Boil Water” notice has been lifted. Miller Elementary students were back in school Tuesday.