MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) — The Department of Health and Environmental Control is reporting boil water advisories for many areas in South Carolina. As of 9 a.m. on Oct. 10, 18 boil water advisories or notices have been reported to DHEC.
The DHEC website says boil water notices are in effect for the following areas:
- The City of Florence – various line breaks, contact local utility for up to date details
- Trico Water Co. in Dillon- system wide
- Georgetown County Water and Sewer District/ Waccamaw Neck- system wide
- Georgetown County Water and Sewer District/ Plantersville- system wide
- Georgetown County Water and Sewer District/ Red Hill- system wide
- Town of Kingstree- system wide
- Town of Andrews- system wide
When the water supply may have been biologically contaminated a Boil Water Advisory will be issued. If it is confirmed that the water supply has been biologically contaminated, a Drinking Water Warning(sometimes called a Boil Water Notice) will be issued.
If a boil water advisory is issued for your area, it means that the water supply in your area may be contaminated, either by a sewage overflow, a water line break, a chemical spill, a natural disaster such as a hurricane or flood, or some other unusual event.
Officials say residents should bring water to a rolling boil and keep it there for at least 1 full minute to ensure the water is safe before drinking or cooking.