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Fort Mill has narrowed the area under a boil water advisory, following a water main break Wednesday night.
The advisory remains in place along Spratt Street from the Fort Mill Parkway near Riverview Elementary School to White Street. Side streets in the area include Shamrock Court, Kanawha and Leonidas streets and Old Orchard Park. Other areas still under the advisory are Brickyard Road, Sullivan Ally and Myers, Phillips, Massey, McKenzie, McCammon, Ardrey and Fail streets.
The town released a map showing the impacted areas.
“Only areas highlighted are under the boil water advisory,” said Caroline Hasty, town spokesperson. “The advisory has been lifted for areas outside of the highlighted streets.”
The town issued an advisory Wednesday night. Customers on the town system, which includes homes and businesses inside and outside town limits, were encouraged to “vigorously boil their water” for at least a minute before drinking or cooking with it. The advisory followed a water main break on the town system.
The notice was made in conjunction with S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
State health officials will be testing water samples Thursday, looking for bacteria as water pipes in Fort Mill are flushed, town officials said. The water main break impacted the eastern and southeaster portion of the town where water could be out, according to the town Wednesday night, “for an extended period of time.”
The Fort Mill school district has a school impacted, at Riverview Elementary School.
“We are bringing in bottled water and following the boil advisory in the cafeteria,” said district spokesperson Joe Burke. “We are also closing off water fountains throughout the school.”
Burke sent an email Thursday morning to the entire district, updating parents of the situation and precautions taken at Riverview.
State health department guidelines for schools, restaurants, grocery store, hospitals and similar business or care facilities under a boil water advisory recommend boiling water used for cooking, to stop using appliances like dish or ice machines, to use disposable plates and silverware, to wash hands with boiled and cooled water and to wash, rinse and sanitize pots and pans with boiled and cooled water.
A boil water notice, the next step up in severity, requires those steps. If they can’t be met, the organization has to stop food service activities until the water is declared safe.
Fort Mill police did not issue any traffic or detour advisories during the repairs of the water main that was broken, police and town officials said.
The Fort Mill Fire Department posted Wednesday evening that North White Street, between Main and Clebourne streets, was down to one lake of traffic after a water main break in front of UC Synergetic. The town later posted utility crews were on scene replacing damaged pipe in that area.
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