The Ellijay-Gilmer County Water & Sewerage Authority (Authority) experienced a water main break just south of Simmons Road on Highway 5 South. The isolation for repair of the water main break caused water pressure in parts of the water distribution system to drop to dangerously low levels. When this occurs, a potential health hazard may exist in these areas of zero pressure from backflow and/or back-siphonage of water of unknown quality into the water distribution system.

In order to protect the public from a potential health hazard, all citizens that have experienced water outages and/or low water pressures are advised to “boil” all water prior to use for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby food. The water should be boiled for at least one minute after reaching a rolling boil. Citizens should continue to boil their water until they are notified by their drinking water utility that the water system has been restored to full operation, and that the microbiological quality of the water in the distribution system is safe for human consumption.

The areas affected include but are not limited to: Highway 5 South (south of Simmons Road), Highway 382, Old Flat Creek School Road, All of the Coosawattee River Resort, Legion Road, Sunlight Road, Wingate Road, Old South Farms Subdivision, Rolling Meadows Subdivision, Covered Bridge Estates, Tranquility at Carters Lake, Hidden Hills Subdivision, and the Preserve Subdivision off of Highway 282.

If you have any questions concerning this Public Advisory please contact the Ellijay-Gilmer County Water & Sewerage Authority at (706) 276-2202.

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