Surrey residents are under orders to boil their water through the weekend due to a water line break that led to low water pressure and a risk of organisms entering the water system.
The City of Surrey and Ward County Emergency Managment Office issued a statement Thursday afternoon that the city had located the water line break and would begin replenishing the water reserves. However, the city is required under health regulations to conduct water testing over two days to ensure the water quality is satisfactory. The city expects to have results of the testing early next week.
"Until we get the results, people will have to boil their water pretty much throughout the weekend," county emergency manager Amanda Schooling said.
The city plans to release updated information once it becomes available.
The emergency order affects all residents who receive their water through the City of Surrey, including the Silver Springs development.
Information from North Prairie Rural Water, which supplies water to the city system, instructs residents to boil water for one minute and let it cool before using. Bottled water only should be used for preparing infant formula. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation. The water can be used for showering or other cleaning purposes.
The loss of water pressure in the distribution system created potential for contamination of the water with micro-organisms that can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms. Although these symptoms can occur for other reasons, people experiencing one of more of these symptoms that persist should contact their physicians.